Robbery on the track, an overpriced race and soon no Brazilian in the starting line-up- for the first time in almost fifty years. The country of the great world champions seems to be slowly saying goodbye to formula 1.
This is not the way forward, thought Lewis Hamilton, and he laid his finger on the wound of this proud Formula One nation. Members of my team were stopped at gunpoint. Shots were fired, one was held to the head,”the World Champion tweeted after another robbery in the context of the Brazilian Grand Prix:”This happens here every single year.”
Mercedes Motorsport Chief Toto Wolff also stated:”It can’t really be, That we need armored vehicles and special forces to get here safely from the route to the hotel. But that’s just the way it is.”
This year in Sao Paulo it met Mercedes employees, also a car of the World Association FIA was attacked. Hamilton, however, did not directly accuse Brazilian hosts, “formula 1 and teams need to do more,” he wrote: “There are no excuses!” p>
And yet it is a location problem. Poverty and a lot of crime”said Hamilton in this area of Sao Paulo. What he did not say: It is precisely there that the glittering formula 1 carries out a Grand Prix every year.
So this weekend there was quite a loud discussion about the dangers surrounding the Great Prize of Brazil, and yet perhaps it would have been only a marginal aspect
It would not have been part of a larger story. For the country of the great world champions and the formula 1 have a rather difficult relationship at the moment.
A 15-year-old hopeful?
This weekend Felipe Massa contested his last home Grand Prix, the resignation of the 36-year-old is an incision. For the first time since 1969, no Brazilian has been represented in the royal class for the coming year, and that will remain so for a while. In the junior classes no one pushes up, one of the few hopefuls is just 15-year-old: Caio Collet, currently active in card sports.
After decades with pilots like Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Massa are not expected to fight for points in formula 1 for a while. And the Sao Paulo site is also in danger. The contract is up to 2020, but for years there has been speculation about an early end, because the race costs a lot of money every year that is not there. The sale and privatisation of the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace has therefore been under discussion for some time and could take place in the coming spring.
The future cannot keep up with the past
The withdrawal of the broadcasting TV station “Globo” has been a topic for some time now, the company is dissatisfied with the switching rates. The Brazilians’declining interest in Formula One would probably finally break if the bond was broken by free TV.
“We are going through times that are not so easy,” says Massa, the last Brazilian left standing, just before his resignation: “But I hope, that formula 1 remains in Brazil forever. This country is too important, we had so many drivers, so many world champions.”But with this past the future cannot possibly keep up.