Earlier this year, the F1 calendar had to undergo massive revisions. Some important races were going to miss out, which also included the Brazilian Grand Prix.
This was obviously, the influence of the coronavirus pandemic across many nations. As a result, it brought sporting events to a standstill. But now slowly, the action is reaching out to people.
According to the latest news, 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.
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’ reason.
But. per a letter from 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 in a construction phase, the necessary permits and licenses once gained, will then 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 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 for 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.