Interlagos’ contentious ‘Cafe’ corner (pictured above) will remain in its original design for this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix after circuit owners were unable to schedule the re-profiling works in time for this year’s season-ending race at São Paulo.

The circuit’s penultimate corner has been the scene of two near-identical fatalities in stock car races, forcing the circuit owners’ hands to proceed with significant works at the high-speed track, which would include the removal of a grandstand to allow for more run-off on the outside of the corner.

The Agencia Estado news agency reported that the FIA’s safety delegate Charlie Whiting paid a visit to the circuit last weekend to inspect their plans to redesign that section of the track.

“Charlie liked what he saw and it’s now a matter for the engineers,” an official from the circuit is quoted as saying.

The report added that works will only commence after the Grand Prix in November, but that the construction will conclude well before the 2012 race.

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.