Earlier this year, the F1 calendar had to undergo massive revisions; many events found themselves on the chopping block, and the Brazilian Grand Prix was one among them.
This was obviously the influence of the Coronavirus pandemic across many nations. As a result, it brought sporting events to a standstill. However, we’re gradually finding our way back to normalcy now.
According to the latest reports, the Brazilian GP could take place next year; albeit at a different location in the country. This is because of an agreement between F1 and Rio Motorsports LLC.
The F1 Brazilian Grand Prix could be held in Rio and not Sao Paulo
Ever since 1973, the Brazilian GP has always taken place at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. However, this year’s race got canceled, owing to the pandemic being a ‘force majeure’.
However, per a letter from the Formula One Group Executive Chairman Chase Carey to Rio’s acting governor Claudio Castro, it is possible that future Brazilian GP races could take place at the ‘Autodromo de Deodoro’ in Rio. Still under construction, the necessary permits and licenses once gained will allow F1 to promote the racing events there.
Carey has stated in the letter, “I am writing to update you that we have now finalized the agreements for a race with Rio Motorsports LLC, which will host, organize and promote Formula 1 events in Rio de Janeiro.
“These agreements are ready for execution and announcement by Formula 1 once all necessary licenses have been issued by the relevant authorities, such as INEA / CECA, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”
The memorable 2019 Brazilian GP took place in Sao Paulo
The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo has played host to some great races over the years. Last time around in 2019, it was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who clinched victory there.
One would also do well to recount Pierre Gasly’s famous P2 in the same race. The Toro Rosso driver, who faced demotion from Red Bull, rose mightily against the odds to deliver.
And following a penalty to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, who had finished P4, moved up into third. He followed up the emotional moment by celebrating his first-ever podium trophy in Formula 1, with the entire McLaren team.