President of Brazil assures that F1 will go to Rio de Janeiro
President Jair Bolsonaro signed a commitment for the construction of a new racetrack in Rio de Janeiro under the name of Ayrton Senna and that would receive Formula 1 and MotoGP
On Wednesday morning, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a commitment with the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel (PSC), and the mayor of the capital, Marcelo Crivella (PRB), for the construction of a new racetrack in Deodoro with the goal of receiving Formula 1 and MotoGP. According to Bolsonaro, the new Rio racetrack will be built in the neighborhood of Deodoro, in the western part of the city, in “six or seven months, without public money”.
The last GP of Formula 1 in Rio de Janeiro was in 1989. The city received a total of ten races of the category, all in Jacarepaguá. Since 1990, the Brazilian race is held in Interlagos, Sao Paulo, which received the races before the temporary change to Rio.
“The Formula 1 management decided to maintain a Grand Prix in Brazil, but Sao Paulo has become unviable because of the public participation in the event and the existing debt there, the new racetrack will be built in six or seven months. State’s economy will also benefit since there will be up to seven thousand jobs generated, that’s good for Rio de Janeiro and for Brazil, “said President Bolsonaro.
In recent weeks, Liberty Media sent a letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, Mayor Marcello Crivella, and Governor Wilson Witzel, confirming the desire to hold a Formula 1 race in the city that hosted the Olympic Games in 2016.
The rumors of a new racetrack, on land donated by the army in Deodoro, began after the demolition of the Jacarepaguá Autodrome in 2012. The old circuit gave rise to facilities used in the 2016 Olympic Games.
The new facilities will be built on the grounds of the Camboatá Forest, a space that was previously occupied by the army, and which was now given to the circuit. The navy of that country reported that the ground was totally free of non-detonated warlike artifacts and that therefore it could receive interventions.
Após nossa vitória nas eleições, a Fórmula 1, que iria embora do Brasil, decidiu não só permanecer, mas também construir um novo autódromo no RJ, que terá o nome do ídolo Ayrton Senna. Com isso, milhares de empregos serão criados, beneficiando a economia e a população do estado.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) May 8, 2019
In honor of Senna
The project of the new race track will be carried out by the office of the designer Hermann Tilke, who has created recent circuits such as China, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Russia, and Bahrain, but also working on remodeling as in the Hermanos Rodríguez autodrome.
The new circuit will be named Ayrton Senna, this in honor of the triple world champion and at the suggestion of President Bolsonaro.
The project was presented 11 months ago to the local authorities, after first approval, to do it before Liberty Media, owners of the Formula 1, and Dorna, promoter of MotoGP. Both promoters modifications to comply with the regulations of the two specialties.
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