24 June 2019
F1 and Brazil
The grass does not grow under Chase Carey's feet.
On Sunday he was at Paul Ricard in the south of France, but by Monday afternoon he was in Brasilia for a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace, where he was joined by Wilson Witzel, the governor of Rio de Janeiro and by JR Pereira, the CEO of Rio Motorsports, a consortium that is planning to build the new facility in an old military base that will be turned into a public park in the Rio suburb of Deodoro. The money for the project is said to be in place and work is scheduled to start in September.
Down in Sao Paulo, the politicians are still trying to come up with a solution with João Doria, the governor of the state due to meet São Paulo mayor Bruno Covas and various others, including Carey, to discuss keeping the race in the city.
It seems like a fairly pointless exercise as Bolsonaro told reporters that there is a "99 percent chance or more that F1 will be in Rio in 2021".