SAO PAULO, July 10 (Xinhua) — Sao Paulo will be ready to host the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix in November despite the coronavirus pandemic, state governor Joan Doria said on Friday.
The race was originally scheduled for November 15 at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit but Formula 1 officials have yet to confirm whether venues in the Americas will remain a part of the 2020 calendar.
“Organisers know that, anywhere in the world, they must obey the city’s health protocols,” Doria told reporters. “With regard to this year, the contract has to be fulfilled. It is necessary to make this clear. Our position is that the contract will be fulfilled.”
The Formula 1 season began in Austria last weekend under strict sanitary guidelines and without fans.
On Friday, organizers added Mugello (Italy) and Sochi (Russia) to the revised 2020 schedule, which doesn’t include Brazil.
The South American nation has the second highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States with more than 1.8 million confirmed cases and over 70,000 deaths.
Sao Paulo is the worst affected Brazilian state with 359,000 cases and more than 17,000 fatalities, according to official figures published late Friday.
Located on the southern outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, Interlagos staged the country’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1973.
It lost its host status to Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarepagua circuit in 1981, before reclaiming the event in 1990.
Sao Paulo’s current Formula 1 deal expires this year and there has been speculation the race could be moved to a new circuit planned for Rio’s Deodoro district. Enditem