Signs point to Formula 1 moving Brazilian Grand Prix from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 2021

Formula 1 has raced on the track at Interlagos track at Sao Paulo, Brazil since 1972.

Formula 1’s plan to move the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 2021 continues to move forward.

On Monday, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro met with F1 CEO Chase Carey in Brasilia.

“We will not lose Formula 1,” Bolsonaro is quoted as saying by Globo. “The contract expires next year with Sao Paulo, and they have decided to go to Rio de Janeiro. It will be this or the end for Brazil (in F1).

“The chance of having Formula 1 from 2021 in Rio de Janeiro is 99 percent or more.”

However, the president’s announcement prompted Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria to respond.

“We will not give up on F1 in Sao Paulo,” he said. “We respect Rio de Janeiro, but it does not seem to me to be economically viable.

“I also suppose there would be a reaction from the drivers, who understand that Interlagos is one of the five best racetracks in the world.”

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