‘The most sustainable thing you can do is not tear down any trees’: Lewis Hamilton hits out at plans backed by Jair Bolsonaro for new ‘zero-carbon’ Brazilian GP circuit in Rio de Janeiro forest to replace the iconic Interlagos

Lewis Hamilton has criticised plans for a new Brazilian Grand Prix track to replace Interlagos as its construction will result in thousands of trees being cut down in Rio de Janeiro’s last forested area. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsanaro has backed the sport’s plans and said the new Deodoro circuit in the capital could hold 130,000 fans compared to 60,000 fans at Interlagos, based in Sao Paulo. Lewis Hamilton has shown his displeasure at Formula One’s plans for a new circuit to be built in Brazil – he was speaking ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro backs the plans for the new 130,000-capacity circuit in Rio. Formula One CEO Chase Carey has told Rio’s vice governor that the plans have been finalised. Hamilton celebrates winning the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2018 having also won the race in 2016. ‘I’m a little old school; I love the Interlagos circuit. There is a lot of money that goes into building a new circuit.

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