Brazilian GP back on track

It seems the Brazilian Grand Prix is back on track after recent problems that indicated the Sao Paulo race might not take place in 2004. For once it was not tobacco problems that threatened the event but a court ruling that the GP wasted too much...

It seems the Brazilian Grand Prix is back on track after recent problems that indicated the Sao Paulo race might not take place in 2004. For once it was not tobacco problems that threatened the event but a court ruling that the GP wasted too much government money on organizing it. However, the original ruling has been overturned on appeal.

Judge Sergio Coimbra Schmidt of the Tribunal de Justica in Sao Paulo declared the previous decision was unfounded and the government has said the race can go ahead. Whether Sao Paulo will continue to host the race after 2004 is uncertain; a renewal of the contract is yet to be signed and Rio de Janeiro may put in a rival bid.

Meanwhile, France still appears to be off the 2004 schedule due to lack of finances, although the Magny Cours circuit plans a return in 2005. The World Motor Sport Council is due to meet on December 12th and finalize dates for next season.

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