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Rio de Janeiro puts its Formula One project on ice

The Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro has put its controversial formula-1 plans on the record.

The mayor Eduardo Paes, who has been in office since January 1st, said on Monday: We need to talk about the restoration of green areas, The government environmental institute of Rio de Janeiro (Ines) was ordered to To put on ice the licensing procedure for the race track.

Under Paes’s predecessor Marcelo Crivella, the Olympic City of 2016 wanted to challenge the Grand Prix to the Brazilian traditional place Sao Paulo with the race track of Interlagos. The plans envisioned the construction of a new course in the Catatumbo Forest, supported by extreme right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. Environmentalists sounded the alarm, also Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton explained his misunderstanding of the project.

Formula 1 had extended the contract with Interlagos to 2025 last year. Rio was the last 1989-year-old host of the motorsport royal class, on the now torn track in the suburb of Paraguay.