Brazil intends to go ahead with race

Despite the ruling of a court judge to suspend the Brazilian Grand Prix agreement between Sao Paulo and race organizers, the promoter insists the event will go ahead. Judge Joao Andre de Vincenzo declared the race was a drain on public resources...

Despite the ruling of a court judge to suspend the Brazilian Grand Prix agreement between Sao Paulo and race organizers, the promoter insists the event will go ahead. Judge Joao Andre de Vincenzo declared the race was a drain on public resources and organizers would incur fines if they proceeded with plans. However, promoter Tamas Rohonyi says the contract stands.

"There is a little smoke, but there is no fire," Rohonyi told Autosport. "No judge can 'suspend' an existing legal contract, in this case a contract in place since 1989, when the then mayor of the city Ms Luiza Erundina da Silva brough the Brazilian GP to Sao Paolo."

Brazil is scheduled to be the final race on the 2004 calendar after being moved from its early season slot to make way for new venues. There has been talk that the GP could be moved back to Rio de Janeiro but there are problems with the Jacarepagua circuit, which is due to be redeveloped.

Meanwhile, 2004 is to be 'Ayrton Senna year' in Brazil, to commemorate the champion ten years after his tragic death. Events will include an exhibition in Sao Paulo dedicated to Senna's career, which will then be presented in other countries.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ayrton Senna