Fittipaldi: Sao Paulo FE race unlikely due to political ‘disaster situation’ in Brazil
Emerson Fittipaldi says the high level of corruption in Brazil means it’s unlikely a Formula E race will happen there anytime soon, after the proposed Sao Paulo event was left off next season’s calendar.
Speaking at the Zurich E-Prix where he drove laps of the circuit in the official FE demo car, Fittipaldi declared Brazil’s current political situation to be a ‘disaster’ but hopes a deal can be agreed for Formula E to visit Brazil in the future.
“I think [a race in Brazil] would be fantastic, as long as they can put the country together. It’s a disaster situation in Brazil,” said Fittipaldi.
“Unfortunately the level of corruption, it’s never happened in the history of any country in the world. The politicians from Brazil are a shame for Brazil, [because of] what they’re doing.
“Brazil has lost so much money in the last ten years through corruption.”
Brazil has been gripped by a massive political scandal involving more than 80 politicians and resulting in the country’s former president being jailed and his successor being removed from office.
A race in São Paulo had originally been scheduled for March of 2019, but that was postponed at first before being left off the 2018/19 calendar altogether when it was published earlier this month.
Fittipaldi, however, remains optimistic that a race in Brazil can still happen and insists it must be held in São Paulo.
“I was talking to Jean Todt; I hope Brazil still can have a race,” said Fittipaldi.
“São Paulo is where motor racing was born in Brazil. It should be São Paulo. We have a great place, but we need a lot of support from the government, and that’s difficult.
“It’s a disaster, the situation right now.”
Meanwhile, Fittipaldi says Felipe Massa’s decision to sign for Venturi will be ‘good for the series’ as he joins fellow countrymen Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet on the Formula E grid next season.
“I think it would be good for Formula E. I think he’ll be dedicated, and he’ll be fast for sure. He’s looking forward to racing in Riyadh.”
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