Rohonyi: Rio Grand Prix bid not even worth talking about

Brazilian Grad Prix promoter Tamas Rohonyi does not believe a bid to switch the race to a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro (pictured above) is to be taken seriously.

Interlagos officials have and are meeting with Liberty Media to discuss paying an annual fee in order to keep the Formula 1 race in Sao Paulo for the next decade.

But Rohonyi told Auto Hebdo that he is not overly concerned about reports suggesting Rio is a viable alternative for the sport, “I try not to comment on that project because it is not serious.

“I do not know the person behind it and I do not doubt his good intentions, but there is no chance to build a circuit in that place in the next four or five years.

“It’s not just a question of money, but of authority too. The place is a former military site used as a base that first needs all the ammunition that did not explode and is buried removed. It’s not even worth talking about,” insisted Rohonyi.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed this week that Interlagos may even be protected by a clause in its agreements with Liberty.

At any rate, Rohonyi believes his organisation has a healthy relationship with Liberty Media, “I hope so. We actually do not have much of a relationship. “Chase Carey came here and we talked about anything and everything over coffee. It was very nice, but our relationship is primarily contractual.

“I think it’s very important for them to be here. The Brazilian Grand Prix is the only one in South America, it takes place on a marvellous circuit in front of a huge crowd and the city is the most important economic centre in the southern hemisphere.

“So yes, I think it’s very important to them,” added Rohonyi.