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Neveu Hints At The FIA WEC’s 2019 ‘TBC’ Location

A return to Interlagos on the cards?

During an interview on the grid ahead of last weekend’s 6 Hours of Mexico, the FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu hinted live on air where the TBC location listed for February 2019 could be.
 
“It will be a calendar with many races,” he said, when asked to explain the new ‘Super Season’ to fans watching the broadcast. “Two in Asia, two in Europe and two in America or South America.” 
 
By stating that there will be two races in either America or South America, it all but counts out other potential options in the Gulf region, or Asia such as Bahrain or Sepang.
 
It therefore leaves the door open for a return to the now refurbished Interlagos Circuit, in Sao Paulo Brazil, for the first time since the 2014 WEC season finale, or to Mexico City, for the final year of the circuit’s current three-year contract.
 
Ricardo Gonzalez, promotor of the 6 Hours of Mexico told DSC last week before the calendar for the ‘Super Season’ was revealed, that he was still in talks to hold another race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
 
“The deal is for three years to run this race (next year is the final in the current contract),” he said. “But every year we can revise the contract. I still have some meetings with the WEC and sponsors to understand what’s going to happen next year. We’re going to have news today about what’s happening. But I’m still waiting to know more.
 
“For sure we want this to continue, but there’s a lot of things that have to glue together in order for it to happen.”
 
Even with Interlagos being considerably further away from Sebring, Florida, than Mexico City. It is still possible to send the cars to Florida by sea freight in time for the race in the USA in February, in line with the series’ drive to reduce freight costs. It takes roughly three weeks to ship cars from Sao Paulo to Florida, meaning there is a two-week window at the beginning of February for a race in Brazil to take place.
 
Originally, the TBC was a January race, before being moved to February after consultation with some of the WEC teams.