Officials at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace – better known as Interlagos – have expressed an interest in securing a five-year extension to its current contract to host the Brazilian Grand Prix, due to expire in 2020.
Interlagos first hosted a Formula 1 grand prix back in 1972, and has embedded itself in the sport’s folklore by staging a number of championship deciders since moving to the back-end of the calendar in 2005.
However, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone cast doubt on the future of the race over the European Grand Prix weekend, expressing concerns about the progress being made with planned development work at Interlagos.
In a statement issued by the track, officials stressed that the improvements will be completed in time for this year’s race on November 13 before confirming an interest in extending the existing contract.
“The circuit’s engineering department conducted a visit for the Brazilian press on 22 June to show the current work which should complete the ambitious three-year, $60 million programme to improve the various facilities of the classic Interlagos circuit before the forthcoming Brazilian Grand Prix,” the statement read.
“The circuit, a great favourite of drivers of all categories due to its challenging layout and many overtaking opportunities has been hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1990 when the race was moved from the city of Rio de Janeiro.
“The city’s current contract runs through 2020. It is expected that, after this year’s municipal elections, conversations will take place with the Commercial Rights Holder [Ecclestone] and the FIA to extend it for a further five-year period.”