With a cloud hanging over the Brazilian Grand Prix amid concerns renovations at the famous Interlagos Circuit won’t be finished in time, hometown hero Felipe Massa is hopeful the event will go ahead.
The concerns were raised after work at the Autodromo Carlos Pace was suspended and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone threatened to move not only the 2016 Grand Prix, but future races away from the Brazil circuit.
That threat coming despite the fact Interlagos has a contract to host Formula One races until the end of the decade.
But Massa, who was born and raised in Sao Paulo, has told Crash.net that his fingers are crossed that the works will be completed in time and this years race will take place as scheduled.
“You see how the country is and what is happening in the country, that it is missing money and that the situation is not the easiest.
“I know how Brazil is, that we are not really organised, and it can be that we lose the race. It can be - it is not impossible, even if we have a contract, it is something that can be possible, but I hope not.
“But I think Bernie (Ecclestone) is the right person to ask, not me!”
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