The definitive layout of the proposed Rio Grand Prix circuit has been revealed, and is set to be built by US consortium Rio Motorsports with help from Herman Tilke.
When news broke that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro intends to move the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix away from the historic Interlargos circuit at the end of their current contract, plenty of people were left wondering how the yet to be built new circuit in Rio de Janeiro would stack up against the popular Interlargos venue.
Having initially come out of the blocks with a proposed circuit layout, a new and slightly reconfigured version has now been revealed and gives us our first look at potentially the latest addition to the Formula One calendar.
Although no deal to move the race over to Rio has been confirmed by Formula One management as yet, and the announcement by Bolsonaro that a switch will happen in 2020 already rejected due to the contract with Interlargos not expiring until the start of the 2021 season, the Brazilian government have confirmed the final circuit design, and the news that the US based Rio Motorsports have won the tender to build the circuit on former military ground in northern Rio.
The new track, designed in cooperation with renowned F1 track designer Herman Tilke, is set to be one of the shorter venues of the F1 calendar, with just 13 corners marking a nice change from the more recent tradition of creating massive venues with 20 + turns and more chicanes and 90 degree corners than is strictly necessary to go motor racing.
Construction work is understood to have already begun, and should be ready in time for the start of the 2021 racing season, where Rio hope to have secured a contract to take away the Brazilian Grand Prix from its current home at Interlargos.
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