The 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix will feature the Sprint Qualifying format, Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria confirmed this week.
During a press conference, Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria and Mayor Ricardo Nunes officially confirmed the Formula 1 Heineken Sao Paulo Grand Prix to go ahead as planned, opposite to 2020, canceled due to the Covid-19 health crisis.
In addition, the local authorities announced the Grand Prix as the non-European venue chosen to run the third F1 Sprint trial.
The new qualifying format for the race on Sunday earned the approval of the series Commission to feature at three Grand Prix during the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The format was introduced in mid-July during the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, becoming the first of two European venues.
The Italian GP hosted at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza follows in September.
By 2021, concerns on whether the event in Brazil could move forwards raised as the country records the second-highest Covid-19 death toll worldwide.
However, the immunization program in place in the City of Sao Paulo has seen cases plunge due to mass vaccination campaigns.
As a result, the audience in the stands will be allowed back to Interlagos, and additional tickets will be out for sale by the end of August.
In order for that to happen successfully, a series of measures have been revealed by the local officials.
The fans attending the event should wear a face mask and get their body temperature measured at all entry points.
“Other strategies are being adopted as mandatory vaccination and tests 48 hours before access,” Health Secretary Jean Gorinchteyn stated.
Currently, over 91% of the adult population (32,3 million people) in the state received the first dose of the vaccine.
According to figures revealed by the city-state, a new record has been reached, with over 3,75 million doses applied last week.
A DATE SHIFT REQUESTED
Furthermore, the event organizers have requested a shift of dates to Formula One, which would delay the race by one week, from Sunday 7 to 14.
The goal is to bring closer the grand prix to a national holiday in Brazil, the Proclamation of the Republic, on Monday 15.
“According to a survey by the Getulio Vargas Foundation, the holding of the Grand Prix in Interlagos should generate 8,000 jobs and will have an economic impact of R$ 670 million for the city of So Paulo,” Doria outlined.
AGREEMENT TO HOST SAO PAULO GP FROM 2021 ONWARDS
Last year, Formula One renewed the contract with the City of Sao Paulo, which holds the right to organize the event between 2021 and 2025.
In November, at a joint news conference with the state governor Joao Doria, late Mayor Bruno Covas highlighted: “The contract is valid for five years and can be extended for an additional five years, so can go up to 2030.”
He added: “Next year (2021), on November, 14th we will have the Sao Paulo GP.”
From this year on, the race is known as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, joining Mexico City and Abu Dhabi as the only three events on the series calendar that do not bring the name of the countries where the races are held.
A final resolution is expected by August 26, but for now, the 20th round of the 2021 season takes place on November 7 at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, spanning 4.309 kilometers (2.677 miles).