After Bernie Ecclestone adfirmed that the fututre of the Brazilian Grand Prix is in jeopardy, race promoter Tamas Rohonyi has spoken up and declared theat the race is safe, despite the South American country is facing a bad time overall.
According to the contract, the event will have its continuity until 2020 but previous talks from Mr.E misdirected everything. But Rohonyi played down Ecclestone's declarations, judging them as part of his character.
"I've known Bernie for 42 years and he is famous for these kind of statements where he doesn’t think too much before,” said Rohonyi.
“What Bernie is trying to say – but will never say directly – is that the costs of [holding a race] are rising. There is a demand from Formula One Management to increase the contribution from Brazil so what he wants is, with the government, to claim a higher subsidy.
“We do not have any conditions that allow us to break the contract, and neither does he. It can happen of course, but there would be a process to discuss damages.
“There would be problems on the side of our company, but also bigger problems for Sao Paulo. The city earns $120 million USD with the event.
“A breaking of the contract was never considered and never will be. It is not convenient for anybody.”
Additionally, Rohonyi brings in the agony suffered by Monza in the attempt of signing a new deal with F1, accompanied by persistent and categorical threats from the supremo.
“This is a bad moment for Brazil, and this explains in a way the frustration for Mr. Ecclestone. That is why he makes these strange statements. He had done it with Monza and other circuits.”
It is known that Ecclestone has also been pushing for full coverage from Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo.
“However, he knows that we have a contract with FOM.TV Globo has a contract with FOM, and all until 2020. He is looking at his own interests, but we have support from TV Globo and we always have a lot of strength in the commercial area. The track is always full and this year will not be any different.”
In Brazil no one is hinting at a premature cancellation of the F1 race; Rohonyi is indeed open to contract talks, pointing out the likelihood to extend the deal until 2025 or 2030. With revamping works being completed later in September, the deal should be set to be successful.
by Beatrice Zamuner