Why Brazil belongs on the F1 calendar

Why Brazil belongs on the F1 calendar

It may be crime-ridden - just ask Jenson Button - its facilities may not meet modern circuit standards, but Interlagos and Brazil's passionate F1 fans thoroughly deserve their grand prix every year says Tony Dodgins

The amount of media topspin applied to Jenson Button's escape from armed bandidos in Brazil was quite something to behold. It was as if he'd been targeted by a kid with a pea shooter one minute and a squadron of B52s the next.

It can't have been a nice experience but Jenson himself praised his driver's quick thinking and said he felt more sympathy for the Sauber engineers who were not in a bullet proof car and who lost their brief cases and personal effects. This is pretty standard fare for the trip to Interlagos. You can practically guarantee that something unpleasant will befall someone and, inevitably, it causes people to start asking whether it's a place F1 should keep going to.

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