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2018-11-19 10:45
Lewis Hamilton Interlagos

Image: MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP

Rio de Janeiro has emerged as a potential future Formula 1 race host.

With Interlagos to be privatised and Liberty Media scrutinising the expiring contract that was negotiated by Bernie Ecclestone, a cloud hangs over the current Brazilian grand prix venue.

Rio discussions

"We are thinking of replacing a number of existing races with unfavourable contracts with new races that offer better entertainment," F1 chief executive Chase Carey said last week.

READ: Ecclestone quiet on Brazil GP rescue

In that context, Brazil's Globo reported that Carey recently visited Rio de Janeiro, amid rumours the city is interested in securing a race for 2021.

American Carey reportedly met with Rio governor Luiz Fernando Pezao and other local officials to discuss a circuit to be build in the district of Deodoro.

"Shortly after the race at Interlagos, Carey slept in the Marvellous City and had a long meeting schedule on Monday," correspondent Fred Sabino reported.

"When I woke up in Rio and saw the sea, I realised that it could be a good idea to bring F1 to the city," Carey reportedly told the governor.

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