The future of the Brazilian Grand Prix appears to be in trouble due to financial disputes with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
According to the contract, the Interlagos circuit is hosting the event until 2020 but as of today a number of stipulations have not been respected.
One of the conditions was that the pits and other paddock facilities would be refurbished, which did not happen in time for last year's Grand Prix. Considering Brazil's financial difficulties, this has prompted some discussions in order to restructure the financial commitments promised beforehand by the city.
As it happens in other countries, financial hurdles for the grand prix are accompanied by controversial or puzzling deals on TV broadcasting. Infact, Mr E has urged Brazilian network Globo to ramp up its coverage.
Race promoter Tamas Rohony had previously insisted on the continuity of the gprand prix in spite of the absence of monetary support from the Government.
Nevertheless, Ecclestone has warned to remove the event from the 2017 schedule if matters are not sorted out to his satisfaction.
“This year could be the last race there,” he said last week in Canada.
Such iconic leg of the F1 Circus could end its streak after being on the calendar since 1973 and hosting thrilling season finales, with F1 pushing the boundaries for new countries and strictly no longer giving priority to heritage races.
by Beatrice Zamuner