Sao Paulo denies Ecclestone to axe Interlagos

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Fernando Haddad insinsts that reports on Interlagos will not be on 2014 were "irresponsible"

Apr.17 (GMM) Sao Paulo's mayor has dismissed reports Bernie Ecclestone is close to dropping Interlagos from the F1 calendar after 2013.

F1's chief executive was quoted by O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper as saying the city will not be on the 2014 calendar because long-promised renovations to the ageing circuit were not done.

Aerial view of Interlagos
Aerial view of Interlagos

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But mayor Fernando Haddad, the new mayor of Sao Paulo, told Agencia Estado news agency that the reports were "irresponsible".

"More than a month ago I sent a letter (to the FIA) committing myself to reform the racetrack," he said.

Haddad said reports Interlagos will not be on the 2014 calendar are therefore not true.

Meanwhile, media reports suggest Bernie Ecclestone could take over Long Beach's iconic street race in California, after Indycar's contract expires next year.

The magazine Motorsport said the race's founder, Chris Pook, is also interested in the Ecclestone deal, as is Zak Brown, the head of the leading F1 sponsorship agency Just Marketing.

"There's a lot of talk about a third (US) race on the west coast," Brown said. "I'm an advocate of F1 buying the Long Beach GP.

"I think I can facilitate that and I've been having those conversations."

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