Brazilian GP claims Interlagos F1 date safe until 2020
Brazilian Grand Prix organisers are confident that the future of their race is totally secure, despite Bernie Ecclestone's warning its place on the 2017 calendar was in doubt.
Ecclestone suggested over the Canadian GP weekend that this year's Brazilian GP could be the last one because of issues regarding finances and a revamping of the facilities.
His comments came against the backdrop of renewed talks with Brazilian television network Globo about its coverage of the sport.
But Brazilian GP chiefs have moved quickly to play down Ecclestone's remarks and they are adamant that their contract until 2020 will be fulfilled.
“The truth is there is no legal condition for breaking the contract with the event promoter company, Interpub, which runs until 2020,” said a statement issued to Motorsport.com from the Brazilian GP promoters company.
“The City of Sao Paulo is working on a track improvement project at Interlagos. This year the project is in the third phase.
“For the race this year, the paddock area will be expanded, improving the work conditions for all the teams.”
The statement also suggested that the commercial attraction of the race was important, too, with it having concluded a deal with new F1 global partner Heineken.
“Interpub just make an exclusive agreement with Heineken for the beer supply in Interlagos,” added the statement. “Brazil is one of the key growth markets for the brand.”
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