Bolsonaro says Brazilian Grand Prix to move to Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed that the Brazilian Grand Prix will be moved to Rio de Janeiro. The race has been held since 1990 at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos track but Bolsonaro claims a new circuit could be built in Rio without public money.

The BBC reports construction would take place over the next several months and the track would occupy some former 2016 Olympic venues.

However, organizers in Sao Paulo say since the track has a contract to continue the race until 2020, commitments must continue to be honored by both the city of Sao Paulo and F1.

The race is the only F1 Grand Prix in South America, and Brazil represents the racing series’ largest single national television audience.