Brazilian Grand Prix Set to Stay in Sau Paulo as Controversial Rio F1 Track Plans Scrapped

Published 02/02/2021, 11:44 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Indeed, The most anticpaed race is the Brazilian Grand Prix in F1 but the interlagos and fans were excited to see a deal being a signed to keep the Sao Pualo track on the calnder for a few more years.


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However,track might get replaced with another one according to reports that suggest it will take place in Rio, The alternative venue was Deodoro, on the outskirts of the city, a former military base that has been used for the 2016 Olympic games.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Moreover, there is an environmental issue that is being faced with regards to the construction of the track which would affect the Camboata forest and despite taking stands of protecting the environment and helping with the plantation of trees.


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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 18: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 18, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

F1 needs Governement’s permission

In a letter that was revealed to the public by the acting Governor of Rio, Chase Carey said, “I am writing to update you that we have now finalised race agreements with Rio Motorsports LLC to host, stage, and promote Formula 1 events in Rio de Janeiro.”

“These agreements are ready for execution and announcement by Formula 1 as soon as all necessary licenses have been issued by the relevant authorities, INEA/CECA, in Brazil/Rio de Janeiro.”

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell leads and Valtteri Bottas is second placed after the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The secretary of the environment, Eduardo Cavaliere confirmed  that the construction of the Deodoro track will not begin and the mayor’s letter to the  concrend authorites  would be  ” archive”

In a tweet which he tagged seven-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton, he wrote. ” Rio is racing for a sustainable future: Camboata Forest shall NOT be supplanted by Rio international race track.”

Under Mayor Eduardo Paes’s leadership, we have OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN the construction’s licensing process.”

The new Rio de Janeiro #F1 race project is “not something that I personally support”, says world champion Lewis Hamilton.

“I heard that it’s potentially going to be a sustainable race but the most sustainable thing you can do is not tear down any trees.”

— The Race (@wearetherace) October 8, 2020


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The Brailian GP never fails to dissapoint and hold countless iconic moments in F1 history, nevertheless wether it takes place in Sao Paulo or Rio every fan of motorsport watching the race regardless venue.


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.