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Formula 1 may return to Rio de Janeiro

According to the president, there is a 99% chance of the city receiving the sporting event from 2021

Rio de Janeiro will be able to host Formula 1 from 2021, according to the president of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro. "99% chance, or more, of having Formula 1 from 2021, in Rio de Janeiro", said after meeting with the governor of the state, Wilson Witzel, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro; and Chase Carey, Executive Director of Formula 1, this Monday (25), in the Palace of the Planalto.

The contract of the company that manages Formula 1 with São Paulo wins next year and the expectation is to take the event to a multipurpose space in Rio hosting other events throughout the year. "The positive consequences of staying here are very good. Among them: São Paulo, currently is planned for 60 thousand fans; in Rio, 130 thousand, among others, "said the president. And he stressed: "Make it clear: no one is taking Formula 1 out of São Paulo, it is staying in Brazil." 

The governor of Rio de Janeiro said that the project is important for social development that will bring new technologies, in addition to those inherent in the race. "It is a project of all of us, it is a project of Brazil," he said.

Executive Director of Formula 1, Chase Carey said that Brazil has a very important participation in the history of Formula 1, with historical events, pilots of world importance, and a great crowd. "We are seeing the possibilities of continuing our participation in Brazil from 2021 onwards," he said.

Chase Carey said the idea is to attract more and more people to the event, in addition to helping the host city. "We already have more than 1 billion fans around the world and what we want is to turn the cities that host our championships into cities that attract visitors, who are magnets for people."

"And we also want to make full use of the potential of Formula 1 which is much more than a race. We want to use its potential to socially develop the city, develop educational platforms, technology platforms and also stimulate the entire region of Rio de Janeiro, for example. "