The track had previously come under fire for its below-standard facilities. It is deemed to be one of Formula 1’s most iconic and historic venues but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone warned the race organisers that it would be scrapped if changes were not made to the circuit’s facilities.
However Mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad, revealed that a letter had been sent to Ecclestone detailing plans. He is quoted by Brazil’s Lance newspaper saying “In May, we will conclude the contract so that formula one stays here until 2020.
“We just need to go through the paperwork. It was a long discussion, it’s just that we could not commit to something that we could not do.
“It is a big job. We require a long-term contract, because we will invest more than $100 million and we could not do that without the security (of a contract).”
He added “It is reasonable that the agreement goes to 2020,”
Bernie Ecclestone commented on receiving the letter in Bahrain, admitting that he has been waiting long enough for the proposed changes. “I’ve just received a letter from the mayor and he’s guaranteed to revamp the whole facilities there, which will be good, we’ve been waiting long enough.”
Interlagos is renowned for its long straights, challenging turns, passionate fans and euphoric atmosphere. It first hosted a Formula 1 race in 1972 before the Brazilian Grand Prix relocated to the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro. However the sport soon returned to the home of Brazilian motor racing.
The last real changes to the track were made in 2007 where large-scale repairs were made to the track surface.
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