Massa fears Brazil could be dropped from F1 calendar

Felipe Massa fears that there is a chance the Brazilian Grand Prix could be dropped from the Formula 1 calendar, despite the firm contract it has in place.

Massa fears Brazil could be dropped from F1 calendar
Construction work at Interlagos
Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Felipe Massa, Williams
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38
Construction work at Interlagos

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said several times over recent weeks that the difficult financial situation in Brazil has cast doubts about the future of the Interlagos event.

He has suggested that this year’s event could be the last – although race organisers have repeatedly said that there are no issues with the contract and that they are actually looking at extending the deal.

Although Massa is not privy to the discussions going on behind the scenes, he knows enough to not take it for granted that Brazil’s F1 future is safe.

“If you see how is the country and everything that is happening in the country, the country is missing money and the situation is not easy,” explained Massa, a former winner of his home race.

“I know how Brazil is, so we are not really organised and it can be that we lose the race. It can be. It is not impossible. Even if we have the contract, it is something that can be possible.

“But I hope not. I am Brazilian and if I am still racing next year, I want to be racing at home definitely. We see, but I think for sure Bernie is the right one to ask, not me.”

Last week, Brazilian GP promoters held a media day at the track to update journalists on the state of the track revamp that is currently underway and declare their belief that the race is safe.

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