The Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix will take place at the historic Interlagos circuit until 2030.
Formula 1 announced on Friday that it was extending the racing contract in the Brazilian metropolis, which was due to end in 2025. The circuit has hosted several title-deciding races over the years in competitive seasons.
Interlagos will host this weekend’s race, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen already crowned champion for the third time in his career. More than 230,000 fans are expected from Friday to Sunday.
Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1’s chief executive officer, said in a statement that Interlagos “is a favorite venue for drivers and fans from all over the world.”
“It embodies everything that is great about motor racing, and we look forward to seeing how it develops in the years to come to create an even better experience,” he added.
The Brazilian Grand Prix has been part of the racing series for 50 years, with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In some years, the race was held at the old Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro, now the city’s Olympic Park.
Free practice: Stroll 6th
On Friday morning, Quebecer Lance Stroll achieved the sixth time in the only free practice session for Sunday’s race.
At the wheel of his Aston Martin, Stroll completed a lap of the track in one minute 12.136 seconds. His teammate Fernando Alonso set the 11th time (1:12.615).
The Ferrari drivers dominated the session, with Carlos Sainz setting the best time (1:11.732), ahead of Charles Leclerc (1:11.840).
Verstappen (1:12.793) finished the session in 16th place.
The qualifying session for the official event on Sunday will follow later on Friday.
On Saturday, drivers will participate in a separate qualifying session in preparation for the sprint event which will be presented later in the day.