Interlagos extends deal through 2020
10 October 2013 – The Brazilian Grand Prix will continue to be staged at Interlagos until at least 2020, after race officials and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone penned a new contract.
The previous deal, signed back in 2008, was due to run out next season, but São Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad has worked to secure an extension of five years.
Considerable track rennovations are a key part of the agreement, with a new pit and paddock complex to be constructed between Turns 3 and 4. Work on this area of the circuit is expected to get underway soon after next year's event in time for 2015.
"I am very pleased that the mayor agreed to the investments that we asked for many years ago," Ecclestone is quoted as saying by Brazil's Globo Esporte. "If this had not happened, we would have considered not having the race here. We are very happy."
Interlagos hosted its first Grand Prix in 1972 and, following spells at Jacarepaguá, it has been a permanent fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since the 1990 season.