Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said talks continued about the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
This year is the last based on the current contract between Formula 1 and historic sites but it is uncertain whether the race will take place because the South American country faces the second highest Covid-19 outbreak globally.
Of course, with five months to the original planned date of November 15, there is still time to improve the situation in Brazil, and Doria remains confident that Sao Paulo will host a safe F1 by 2020.
“The race track is prepared to receive Formula 1, clearly in the health protocol,” he said MotorsportWeek.com on Friday.
“Organizers know that, everywhere in the world, they must adhere to the city’s health protocol. With regard to this year, the contract must be fulfilled. Need to make this clear. Our position is that the contract will be fulfilled. “
However, if not, it is unthinkable that Interlagos has held the Brazilian Grand Prix for the last time, at least for the foreseeable future, with continued speculation that the new circuit in Rio de Janeiro will take over hosting duties from 2021.
“We continue to talk to Liberty Media about the possibility of contract extension,” commented the governor of Sao Paulo.
“Here we have a race track that is ready, established, and considered one of the five best in the world.
“Nobody is against Rio de Janeiro, but it doesn’t make sense to spend R $ 1 billion ($ 190 million) to build racing tracks in areas that did not have environmental approval at the time of the pandemic, with scarcity of resources in the region. state, both public and private.
“We continue to talk and talk with Liberty Media with a view to renewing this contract. There was no decision signed by Liberty, but there was an official statement by the city and government. “
Daniel Ricciardo will reportedly receive a monster salary cut as part of his multi-year contract to join McLaren starting in 2021.
The 30-year-old Australian rattled the F1 grid when his contract with the English team was announced just days after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel would be replaced by Carlos Sainz at the end of the year.
Details of Ricciardo’s bold steps are now beginning to leak, according to a veteran French Formula 1 journalist.
Ricciardo has enjoyed one of the biggest payment packages in Formula 1 since joining Renault at the start of the 2019 season – but his challenging days for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the list of top sports recipients now look numbered.
The report claims Ricciardo was set to produce an amazing 25 million euros (41.5 million dollars) with Renault during the Formula 1 2020 season before the Aussie received a pay cut during the season imposed by the locked coronavirus virus.
Now Limacher claims Ricciardo’s agreement with McLaren is worth $ 17 million per year (10 million euros per year) – less than half of his current agreement.
A salary cut of 15 million euros per year would represent a 60 percent reduction.
However, the fine print in the contract reportedly includes a series of attractive bonuses for the Aussie, including:
– Ricciardo has guaranteed his status as racer No. 1 team
– Ricciardo’s contract is for two years with an option that benefits him for an extension of one year until the end of the 2023 season; and
– Ricciardo can open a series of reported bonus payments starting from 400,000 euros each time he collects championship points up to 1 million euros for each grand prix victory.
Sebastian Vettel joined Ferrari as a four-time world champion in 2015 who wanted to emulate his childhood hero Michael Schumacher and get many titles with the most famous F1 team. But the extraordinary fall of grace in the past five years now leaves his F1 future in doubt and the possibility of a genuine retirement to calm down from the sport at the age of only 32.
So how can this happen? Vettel is F1’s hottest property in 2013 – a force that seems invincible after becoming the youngest F1 champion in 2010 with more potential for success ahead. He was perfect for Ferrari when a relationship with Fernando Alonso broke down in 2014. However, five years later and the racer and the team were unable to reach an agreement to extend his contract.
In Vettel’s defense, five years was a turbulent time for Ferrari because it had revolved through the three main principles of the team without title success and lost its autocratic chairman Sergio Marchionne in 2018. Vettel had been one of the few constants at that time, but his own. Form has disappointed him in recent years and, with the emergence of Charles Leclerc as his teammate last year, it is not surprising that he and Ferrari have decided to separate.
The partnership between the drivers and the team started well, with Ferrari returning to winning ways in 2015 after a horrific 2014 campaign where he only scored one podium. The 2016 season saw another slump for Ferrari, but in 2017 Vettel has a car that can win the championship. Important moments that determined the title in favor of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton included a collision with team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen in Singapore and a faulty spark plug which caused the engine to stall on its way to the grid at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The 2018 season offers another opportunity for Vettel to challenge the title, but on that occasion he found less. The main turning point was the German Grand Prix, where he had an accident while leading the race, causing him to win at home and an extension to lead him in the championship at that stage. Hamilton swept through dire conditions to take victory and collect fees towards another title.
Last year, Ferrari replaced Raikkonen with Leclerc as Vettel’s teammate and the dynamics in the team shifted from the four-time world champion. Vettel started the season as de facto No.1 and the pre-season agreement saw him giving preference in strategy calls and through team orders. But the car lacked performance in the first half of the season and it was Leclerc, and not Vettel, who broke the Ferrari duck with a win in Belgium and a home win in Italy a week later.
The race at Monza was a key moment in the Leclerc / Vettel relationship when the young driver failed to help his teammate slipstream in qualifying, something that initially angered Ferrari’s management, but then redeemed himself by holding back a two-pronged attack from Mercedes for an emotional victory the following day. . Instead, Vettel retired from the battle to get on the podium at the start of the race with an embarrassing mistake at the Ascari chicane and only regained his position with a strategy-assisted victory ahead of Leclerc in the next round in Singapore.
The collision between the Ferrari drivers in Brazil only added to the pressure on Vettel, who was more clearly blamed for the accident and under pressure to reassert himself in the team. Amid the media’s suggestion that the collision would be the final nail in the coffin of Vettel’s relationship with Ferrari, the slate seemed to be erased clearly during the winter. Leclerc is tied to the team on a contract for another five years, but at the car launch in February, Ferrari named Vettel as the first choice to partner with in 2021. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic means no racing has taken place this year, and it seems like time in the house has given Vettel a lot of things to think about.
As recently as April, Vettel said he still planned to drive a car for Ferrari next year, but by mid-May the situation had clearly changed. After a report in Italy stated that he had been offered a dramatic pay cut, Vettel wanted to show that the money was not the reason for his decision. More likely it was the length of the contract offered, believed to be only one year, which would mark him as the de-facto No.2 player to Leclerc and the complete reversal of the situation at the start of the 2019 season. A statement from Ferrari explained that it was a joint decision and it was possible that, after five years of trying, Vettel only believed it was time to move.
The news raises the obvious question whether Vettel has an offer from another team. The only possibility that will make it end in one of the other two top teams – Mercedes and Red Bull – is if Hamilton leaves Mercedes for Ferrari. This is a tantalizing prospect, but the defending champion strongly hints that he will remain at Mercedes in the last few months. The move back to Red Bull seems to have a certain logic from Vettel’s point of view, but Verstappen now rules the perch on the team and Red Bull shows no intention of buying big name drivers to partner with despite struggling to replace Daniel Ricciardo when he departs for Renault in 2019.
That would later leave McLaren and Renault as Vettel’s choice, especially since their existing drivers – Carlos Sainz and Ricciardo, respectively – were strong candidates to replace Vettel at Ferrari. But both teams are still far from Ferrari in terms of performance and they will represent a clear step back into F1 midfield for Vettel. They have ambitions to move to the grid in 2022 when new regulations can shake orders, but that means Vettel is committed to another long-term project to reap championship rewards.
Vettel’s official comments on Tuesday left all options – including pensions – open.
“What has happened in the last few months has caused many of us to reflect on what our real priorities are in life,” he said. “A person needs to use his imagination and adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it concerns my future.”