Formula 1 fans worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief as the Brazilian Grand Prix’s future at the iconic Interlagos circuit, officially known as Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, has been secured with a 5-year contract extension until 2030. This announcement comes after previous discussions and speculations about relocating the event, which have now been put to rest.
The Interlagos circuit, a cornerstone of Formula 1 history, has solidified its place in the Formula 1 calendar, extending beyond the previous agreement that was set to conclude at the end of 2025. This extension marks a significant commitment to the circuit and the Brazilian Grand Prix’s legacy.
Despite earlier efforts by ex-President Jair Bolsonaro to relocate the Brazilian Grand Prix to Rio de Janeiro, these plans were met with significant environmental concerns that ultimately halted the development of a new venue. This decision reaffirms Interlagos as the rightful home for this prestigious race.
The Formula 1 community can now put to rest any lingering uncertainties that arose when the previous agreement was scheduled to expire in 2025. The confirmation of the contract extension brings stability and continuity to the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The shift in sentiment came after initial efforts led by Jair Bolsonaro to move the race to Rio de Janeiro faced strong opposition due to genuine concerns for the environment. The decision to remain at Interlagos aligns with a more sustainable and responsible approach to hosting Formula 1 events.
Interlagos, steeped in a rich racing heritage, has been a crucial fixture in the Formula 1 calendar since it first hosted a race in 1972, becoming the annual venue from 1990 onwards. The circuit holds a special place in the hearts of Formula 1 enthusiasts worldwide, thanks to its challenging layout and passionate fans who create an electric atmosphere year after year.
“I am delighted to announce we will be staying at Interlagos until 2030, and I can’t wait for many more years of the wonderful atmosphere that the Brazilian fans bring.
“Brazil has such a rich racing heritage, and this iconic circuit is a favourite of drivers and fans around the world. It embodies everything that is great about racing, and we look forward to seeing how it develops over the years to come to create an even better experience.”
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed his enthusiasm for the contract extension, highlighting the significance of Interlagos in the sport’s history and its continued role in the Formula 1 journey.
Sao Paulo’s Mayor, Ricardo Nunes, emphasized the substantial global exposure that the Brazilian Grand Prix provides to the city, along with the significant economic and societal benefits it brings. This extension not only maintains Interlagos’ place on the Formula 1 calendar but also contributes positively to the local community.
“The extension of the contract for the Formula 1 Grande Premio de Sao Paulo, broadcasted in approximately 180 countries, solidifies our city as a global leader in hosting major events with economic and social impact, generating jobs, revenue, and opportunities.
“Each year, we also advance our sustainability agenda, incorporating innovations to overcome challenges and bring more benefits to the city of Sao Paulo and Brazil.”
Alan Adler, CEO of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, spoke about the pride and recognition that the contract renewal represents. It is a testament to the dedication and passion of everyone involved in ensuring that the Brazilian Grand Prix remains a highlight of the Formula 1 season.
“This is the recognition of the work we have been doing, with the crucial support of the Sao Paulo City Hall.
“Continuing to be a partner of Formula 1 is a matter of great pride. Now, we will immediately start planning for the years ahead so that we can have even better Grand Prix editions in the coming years.”