The Brazilian Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2020. The sport’s chief, Bernie Ecclestone, signed a renewed contract overnight with Fernando Haddad, São Paulo’s lord mayor.
The Interlagos circuit has played host to the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1972, and it has remained a fixture on the Formula 1 calendar every year, with the exception of ten events (1978, 1981-9) held at the Jacarepaguá circuit in Rio de Janeiro.
The current deal to host the Grand Prix at Interlagos was due to run out at the end of next year, and the renewed contract will see major track renovations coming as part of the deal.
A new pit and paddock complex will be built along the back straight between Turns 3 and 4, which will see the start/finish straight relocated in time for the 2015 Grand Prix.
“I am very pleased that the mayor agreed to the investments that we asked for many years ago,” Ecclestone told Brazil’s Globo Esporte newspaper.
“If this had not happened, we would have considered not having the race here. We are very happy.”