Interlagos will host Formula 2030 until 1!
Formula 1 announced that the Brazilian Grand Prix will be held at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo until the end of the 2030 season. This agreement secures the future of one of Formula 1's most iconic circuits.
History of the Interlagos Circuit
The Interlagos circuit is one of the shortest circuits in Formula 4,3, with a length of 1 kilometers. However, this track hosts exciting races for both pilots and fans. Interlagos entered the Formula 1972 calendar in 1 and has been hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix regularly since 1973. The race was moved to the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro only between 1978 and 1981-1989, and then returned to Interlagos.
Interlagos has witnessed many unforgettable moments in Formula 1 history. Michael Schumacher declared his championship here in 1994 and 2002. In 2006, Felipe Massa became the first Brazilian driver to win a race in Brazil. In 2008, Lewis Hamilton narrowly captured the championship by passing Timo Glock at the last corner. In 2012, Sebastian Vettel celebrated his third championship, surpassing Fernando Alonso.
The pilot who won the most races at Interlagos is Michael Schumacher with four victories. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton follow him with three victories each. Brazilian pilots have won nine times in total at Interlagos.
The Future of the Interlagos Circuit
Formula 1 renewed its contract with the Interlagos circuit in 2020. However, this contract would expire in 2025. Therefore, it was unclear what place Interlagos would have in the Formula 1 calendar. Some speculation suggested that the Brazilian Grand Prix would be held on a newly built circuit in Rio de Janeiro. However, this plan was canceled due to environmental concerns.
Formula 1 announced that it has extended its contract with the Interlagos circuit until the end of the 2030 season. This agreement was welcomed by both Formula 1 and the City of Sao Paulo. Mayor Ricardo Nunes said that this agreement will contribute to the economic and social impact of the city. He also stated that the Interlagos circuit would be upgraded to allow for other forms of entertainment such as music concerts.
Formula 1 emphasized that the Interlagos circuit has an important place in the history of the sport and that the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races on the calendar. He also stated that Brazil is an important market for Formula 1 and that they appreciate the passion of Brazilian fans.