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Interlagos, one of F1’s beloved tracks, getting major facelift

Apr 11, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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Last fall, NBCSN gave you a glimpse into the “cozy” paddock at Interlagos, the home of Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The famed track has been regarded as one of F1’s best, but opinions on the entire facility itself were mixed.

Its somewhat run-down state caused Bernie Ecclestone to threaten to move the Grand Prix to Rio de Janeiro last year. But in October, it was confirmed that the race would stay at Interlagos through 2020, and today, the contract for that deal was officially signed per the Associated Press.

Additionally, more details were revealed regarding a facelift for the track, which will cost more than $70 million.

Agence France-Presse says the money will go toward a track resurfacing, new grandstands, and a more open paddock for team members, who have often fretted about cramped environs.

The track will close in mid-July and then be re-opened a month before this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 7-9.

Work will then restart in December, with completion set for February of 2015.

  1. testover6370 - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    So $70 million to keep F1 at an existing permanent track in Brazil, but only $9 million to entirely replace, lengthen, reconfigure the streets of Long Beach and build a permanent pit lane, garages, and assorted other buildings, on the Southern California cost. Wanna recheck your figures Pookie?

  2. biggdaddy007 - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    love going there can’t wait

  3. crunge4461 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Interlagos is one of the last really classic tracks on the calendar it is one of the few remaining circuits that can draw attention just because of the potential danger and challenges of the circuit itself (Spa, Gilles-V, Monza, Interlagos, Suzuka…yup that is it). I really hope that this does not result in ruining the circuit like they ruined Silverstone. Make the Grand-stands more cozy, I am all for this, but will this result in a fundamental altering of the Senna S or of the cool high speed main straight with that wall right there? Well I hope for the best. I suppose in 20 years all of the tracks will be garbage car parks anyway, what difference does it make

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