8 May 2019

Brazilian GP bound for Rio

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has told local media that the Brazilian Grand Prix will move to a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro in 2020.

The announcement presumes that the circuit prospect will be paid for by the state. There have long been plans to build a circuit in the Deodoro district but the project lacked money. If the government has agreed to pay then that’s great for F1, although the neighbourhood is anything but safe. But, in São Paulo F1 people have been attacked on a regular basis and one hopes that the authorities will be a little more sensible than they have been at Interlagos.

Obviously it’s not smart to have F1 visit a city to promote its delights and then for the people involved to be mugged. But then one can understand the locals who see a bunch of rich people wandering into their turf... If the government pays for the track, it’s good news. That’s how it should be everywhere... Whether the President will still be there when the race takes place remains to be seen...

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