Brazil fights to keep Formula One race

Brazil fights to keep Formula One race

Renovation work to keep the famous Interlagos circuit up to standard will be completed ahead of November’s GP, according to Brazilian Grand Prix chiefs.

The F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone recently said he expected the South American event would be dropped from the calendar, either permanently or temporarily, after renovation works at the circuit recently ground to a halt.

The work was paused due to financial issues and political upheaval in Brazil.

Now known as the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, organisers said in a statement that work on the next phase of circuits renovations will be completed in time for Novembers race.

“The circuit’s engineering department conducted a visit for the Brazilian press on 22 June to show the current work.

“This work should complete the ambitious three-year, $60 million (US) programme to improve the various facilities of the classic Interlagos circuit before the forthcoming Brazilian Grand Prix which shall take place on 11, 12 and 13 of November.”

And they said they expect to keep their place on the Formula One stage.

“The city’s current contract runs through 2020 and it is expected that after this year’s municipal elections conversations will take place with the Commercial Rights Holder and the FIA to extend it for a further five years period.”

We will keep you updated.

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