Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix and this weekend’s race, has reached agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to continue hosting the race through to 2014. The deal had been rumoured last season, but Ecclestone wanted to wait until the promised $15m of improvements had been finalised for the pit and paddock complex, the medical centre and the grandstands. With Ecclestone happy with the planned improvements, the deal has now been signed.
The circuit, one of the older venues on the Formula One calendar, has hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1990, although the track also hosted the race between 1973 and 1977 as well as the ’79 and ’80 events. The track is actually called Autódromo José Carlos Pace, but is commonly called Interlagos due to it’s location between two reservoirs – Interlagos means between lakes.
Interlagos, although slightly narrower than some of the more modern tracks, has hosted some great races and is often used as the final race of the season. From 2009 onwards though, Abu Dhabi appears to have been given the season finale. In 2003, Interlagos was brought forward on the calendar and hosted the race in early April. It was generally considered a disaster as the race was run in very wet conditions. The result also caused a little controversy when Kimi Raikkonen was initially awarded the win, but after looking at the video evidence, Giancarlo Fisichella was actually the winner. An accident involving Fernando Alonso bought the race to an early end, and after counting back two laps – as per the rules – Fisichella was actually in P1. The McLaren and Jordan drivers swapped trophies later in the week.
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