Interlagos run-off to be ready for 2011 race

By on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Apr.13 (GMM) Brazilian authorities have confirmed reports that a decision has been made to alter the Curva do Cafe corner ahead of this year's grand prix at Interlagos.

Stock car driver Gustavo Sondermann's death after bouncing off the wall back onto the racing line was the third fatality at the high speed left-hand bend in four years.

Agencia Estado reports that the decision to demolish a section of grandstand and install an inclined run-off area was taken jointly by the Brazilian federation CBA, the administrators of the circuit and the city of Sao Paulo.

The proposal will now be sent to the FIA, after which an inspector will visit the circuit to approve the works.

It is expected that the change will be completed by August, in time for a stock car race and well in advance of the F1 season finale.

"The issue has been treated very seriously by everyone," said motor racing federation CBA board member Paulo Gomes. "I want to thank mayor Gilberto Kassab and (Sao Paulo tourism president) Caio Luiz de Carvalho for their efforts."

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