Rio hits back at Hamilton’s F1 project opposition (Update)

(GMM) A spokesperson has hit back at Lewis Hamilton’s opposition to a new grand prix going ahead near Rio de Janeiro.

F1 CEO Chase Carey recently wrote a letter confirming the sport’s intention to support construction of a new circuit in Rio’s Deodoro neighborhood.

But there have been claims the project would affect the nearby Comboata forest ecosystem, prompting six-time world champion Hamilton to announce his opposition.

“I don’t know the details and I’ve heard that a sustainable race could be possible there, but the most sustainable thing would be not to cut down trees,” he said.

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However, a spokesperson for the proposed Rio Motorpark circuit hit back at those sorts of claims, insisting the project would generate thousands of jobs and economic activity.

“Nor is information correct that there will be environmental damage resulting from the project, which is supported by a robust program of mitigating and compensatory measures,” the spokesperson told the Guardian.


October 9, 2020 

(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has come out in opposition to the new Brazilian GP project in Rio de Janeiro.

It emerged this week that F1 chief executive Chase Carey had written to the city’s governor “to update you that we have now finalized the agreements for a race” on a new circuit in Rio’s Deodoro neighborhood.

In the letter, Carey referred to the only obstacles as being Brazilian environmental authorities INEA and CECA, amid concerns about the potential impact of the circuit’s construction on the nearby Comboata forest ecosystem.

“I love Brazil and have one of my biggest fan bases there,” six-time world champion Hamilton said at the Nurburgring.

“I was hoping that this question would not come up, because I personally believe that the world does not need another circuit.

“I love Interlagos and have also been to Rio, and it’s a beautiful place,” the Mercedes driver added.

“I don’t know the details and I’ve heard that a sustainable race could be possible there, but the most sustainable thing would be not to cut down trees. Especially when we are fighting a pandemic and there is still a global crisis around the world.”

Editor’s Note: Of course cutting down trees and planting new ones in an alternate location has nothing to do with the pandemic whatsoever, but this is Hamilton’s twisted logic. As one fan wrote about athletes and politics, “If I wanted the opinion of someone who chases a ball for a living, I would ask my dog.”