Piquet and Senna in Jacarepaguá in the 80s
Fact is that after Formula One left Jacarepaguá the track became less and less used and the investment became smaller. It seems people simply accepted it and didn't really cared enough to at least try to keep it 'safe'. The neighborhood around it (it was a bit away from city), grew a lot. It's like one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city, a hundred malls and residencial building groups. That's what made the government decide to cut the track in middle for the Pan American Games, so they could put a Swimming Center in that place.
Black is what's remain of the track after the partial demolishion
That behind this big Swimming Center is what's left of track
Now Rio is gonna host the World Cup in 2014, and in end of this year we may recieve answer for the Olympic Games application for 2016. The idea is that If we do host the Olympic Games in 2016, right after the confirmation this year the rest of track will be demolished to give space for the required structures. I'm not sure if makes much of a difference anymore. It's already cut on middle, useful only for minor series, completely deteriorated, and old. Just if no one ever been there after last F1 race. Nothing changed. The idea officially is to demolish it for the games and rebuild it somewhere else. Knowing my country I know it won't happen. Once it's gone, it's gone. What's also the point in demolishing something to use space for something else, if you can just that easily build it somewhere else at first?
For those who miss it, some pictures of how it now (all pics where found on google):
Edited by Kati, 07 May 2009 - 01:45 PM.