June 15, 2012
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The Interlagos circuit pales in comparison to modern track facilities
The Brazilian Grand Prix’s future looks to be more secure, as FOM ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone approved plans to revitalise the ailing racetrack.
The Autódromo José Carlos Pace is by far the most out-dated track on the F1 calendar, with a cramped pit lane, narrow track sections and crumbling grandstands compared to modern F1 standards.
Previous aging circuits such as Imola were booted off the F1 calendar for being too out of date, with no prospect of improvements. The Silverstone circuit was the most recent example, and only survived by agreeing to improve facilities into the future.
The Interlagos circuit has been cracking under the pressure of old age for a while now, and it was only a matter of time before it came under scrutiny. Thankfully, the circuit organisers have submitted plans for revised track facilities, including a brand new pit lane.
It is understood that the new pit lane will be located on the Reta Oposta straight, after the Senna “S” and Curva do Sol.
This was first reported by the O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, who claimed that Ecclestone agreed with the new plans. Previously, Bernie has been quoted as saying:
"Brazil will have the next World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. It makes sense. I have
long believed in Brazil — we've been there since 1972.
The future of Formula One Brazil depends now on major improvements at Interlagos.
These events [World Cup, Olympics] are a great opportunity to look at the circuit,
I can no longer be questioned by the teams about why we are racing at the worst
circuit in the championship."