Brasilia - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vowed on Monday to move the 2021 Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix to Rio de Janeiro after the contract for Sao Paulo's Interlagos racetrack expires next year.
Bolsonaro said a yet-to-be-built private racetrack in Rio would have a capacity for 130 000 fans compared to 60 000 at the Sao Paulo venue.
"No one is trying to take Formula One away from Sao Paulo. The race will stay in Brazil, that's what counts," Bolsonaro said at a news conference also attended by Formula One chairman Chase Carey and Rio Governor Wilson Witzel.
Carey said that nothing had been decided and he would discuss it with both cities.
Carey will meet Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria, a possible presidential candidate in 2022 who is keen to keep the race in Brazil's largest city, on Tuesday.