Ecclestone eyes Rio de Janeiro return
25 March 2013 – Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One Group, has explained that the host of the Brazilian Grand Prix could change from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in the next three seasons, with discussions currently taking place over a potential return to the city.
Ecclestone, who says the facilities at the current Interlagos venue have long been in need of a major facelift, has pinpointed 2016 as a suitable changeover point for the race, with Rio de Janeiro preparing to stage the Olympic Games in the same year.
"The mayor has told me they can get it done," Ecclestone, who recently travelled to Brazil for talks, explained to The Mail on Sunday. "I have been unhappy with São Paulo for a long time. It’s a super race track, but the facilities need a big facelift.
"We could be there for Olympic year, but I know how hard it was for London to run just the Olympics."
Formula 1 last raced in Rio de Janeiro at the now demolished Jacarepaguá circuit in 1989, with Interlagos taking over as the Brazilian Grand Prix host the following year.