An $80 million upgrade programme for the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, home to the Brazilian Grand Prix, has started.
This includes the building of a brand new pit complex for the 2015 race, which will see the current cramped facilities demolished and rebuilt to a higher specification.
It will give the teams larger garages and paddock space. Previously plans were to build a new complex on the back straight between turns three and four.
However, this plan has been ditched in favour of building a new pit facility on the current location.
“There was a previous idea of moving the pit complex to the other side of the circuit, but it was dropped after a more detailed study,” said a circuit spokesperson.
“It was felt that some of the defining characteristics of the classical layout would be lost.”
Phase one includes resurfacing the track and modifying the pit lane entry for this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, making a smoother surface with increased grip and improving safety.
Interlagos has a contract in place to host the race until 2020. The local government is financing the upgrade programme.
Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG Petronas.