Brazilian GP is an Achilles heel: Lewis Hamilton

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

Although the size of that year's calendar is now unconfirmed, F1 hopes the season will include a street race in Miami after the planned 2019 edition was postponed.

Vettel and Ferrari have fronted up to their respective errors this season, and Vettel was in a reflective mood as he arrived at Interlagos for the penultimate race of the F1 2018.

F1's draft calendar for next year does not include any new races, although it is set for the latest finish to a season since 1963 - the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place in the first week of December. "The race has been held at Brands Hatch and other venues", he said in a Formula One question and answer.

Both know, too, that rivals Ferrari, whose record of six teams' titles from 1999 to 2004 may be under threat, enjoyed a resurgence in Texas and Mexico that saw them out-perform Mercedes, restricting their advantage to 55 points with two races remaining. We do value certain races highly and we do what we can to preserve racing there, but we are a business.

"The team are not going to make that call", Hamilton said ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Silverstone, owned by the British Racing Drivers' Club, is out of contract after next year's race having exercised a break clause for financial reasons and in the hope of negotiating a better deal.

Brands and former-European GP venue Donington Park are not now at the required level, but earlier this year Red Bull boss Christian Horner claimed Liberty was still keen on pursuing a race in London.

Bratches made it clear that city-based Global Positioning System have a major appeal to F1 because it puts the racing closer to bigger populations, which is why Vietnam's race in Hanoi will join Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan as a street race.

"We plan for this to be a long-term agreement, and we intend for this to be a long-term partnership", he added.

Bratches said the sport valued and wanted to keep the "heritage races" - such as Silverstone, Spa and Monza - and recognised their importance to fans.

"We have a big battle on our hands for the constructors' title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past [two] race weekends - even though we had the base performance to do better".

Bratches said Hanoi fitted the new vision of the sport's owners, with another street race in Miami also in the pipeline.

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