Formula 1’s chairman emeritus Bernie Ecclestone is pessimistic about the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix despite being tasked by Liberty Media to resolve the situation.
Ecclestone, 86, was requested by F1 chief Chase Carey to try find a solution to ensuring the future of the race at Interlagos.
Ecclestone told F1i, “Chase [Carey] asked that when I went to Brazil [and asked] if I would speak to the [Brazilian] president about the race’, which I had done before.”
“But it seemed pretty obvious to me that he had several other things to worry about than Formula 1. So we went to the mayor of Sao Paulo, but he does not want to spend a single dollar – he wants to sell the circuit.”
“[The mayor] asked me if I would be interested. We can get him to agree that when the sale happens, whoever buys it will have to keep the Formula 1 circuit. Then it’s a case of finding an organiser for the race, which is a bit more difficult.”
“So I think that if we can’t do anything, we will lose it, for sure.The race will be there 100 per cent until 2020,” insisted Ecclestone.