Connect with us

F1 top news

F1 could lose Brazil GP, drivers – Massa

Published

on

F1 could lose Brazil GP, drivers - Massa

F1 could lose Brazil GP, drivers – Massa

Felipe Massa has warned it is possible Brazil will fall out of formula one altogether at the end of 2016.

Bernie Ecclestone has warned that the Interlagos race is endangered, while F1 veteran Massa himself is out of contract at Williams.

Also ending is fellow Brazilian Felipe Nasr’s deal at Sauber, including the struggling Sauber team’s deal with his major Brazilian backer Banco do Brasil.

“In my opinion, it would be sad not having any Brazilian drivers in F1 anymore nor a Brazilian grand prix,” Massa, 35, told UOL Esporte.

“I hope it doesn’t happen but if it does, it will of course be sad not only for Brazil but also motor sport,” the former Ferrari driver added.

Massa said the biggest blow for Brazil would be the departure of local drivers to cheer on in F1, because the country is fiercely patriotic.

“Brazilians want to see sports with other Brazilians participating,” he explained.

“To tell you the truth, I had never watched surfing in my life but today I watched it because a Brazilian was there. We’re like that,” Massa said.

He said the problem is the economic situation in Brazil and how it has affected the development of motor racing.

“We’ve known we have a crisis in motor sport for a long time, and if it happens this will be the end result. The base is always important for any country.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F118 hours ago

Raikkonen move means ‘Sauber is now Ferrari’ – Ecclestone

  Bernie Ecclestone has applauded Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Sauber. Raikkonen, 39, surprised the F1 world by signing up with...

2018 F11 day ago

McLaren split boost Honda progress – Verstappen

Max Verstappen admits he is getting excited about 2019. Recently highly critical of Renault, the Dutchman finished second behind Ferrari’s...

2018 F11 day ago

I’m “very happy” to join Sauber F1 for 2019 – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says he is “very happy” to join Sauber for 2019, even though he finally ended his winning drought...

2018 F11 day ago

F1 chequered flag rules changed for 2019

F1 has changed a long-standing rule about the iconic chequered flag. In Montreal this year, the end of the Canadian...

2018 F12 days ago

Max made brilliant P2, what a drive from P18 – Red Bull

Max Verstappen took a remarkable drive to second from 18th place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix,...

2018 F12 days ago

Magnussen facing disqualification from US Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen is facing disqualification from United States Grand Prix after it was detected that the Haas speedy exceeded the...

2018 F12 days ago

Raikkonen troll Hamilton after US Grand Prix win?

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen and second podium finisher Max Verstappen, both asked Lewis Hamilton whether he had still become the...

2018 F12 days ago

Raikkonen wins his first race in 2044 days by claiming US GP

Ferrari speedy Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix. Its ends his 113-race wait for a top podium. Lewis Hamilton finish...

2018 F12 days ago

How can Lewis Hamilton win the fifth F1 title at the US Grand Prix

Mercedes speedy Lewis Hamilton took a big step near to sealing his fifth F1 world title after securing his Mercedes...

2018 F12 days ago

Verstappen quiet over female-only series

Max Verstappen is keeping his mouth shut about the new female-only open wheeler category. When the ‘W Series’ concept was...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media