It looks as though Rio de Janeiro have admitted defeat in their attempt to snatch the Brazilian Grand Prix from Sao Paulo following comments made by officials.
The project, backed by President Jair Bolsonaro and former maybe Marcelo Crivella, would have seen a race track built in the Camboata forest. However, new mayor Eduardo Paes has wasted little time in scrapping the deal following an outcry over its environmental impact and negative environmental impact reports.
"We need to be talking about recovering green spaces, not destroying them," stated city hall after announcing it instructed the Rio de Janeiro state environmental institute to end the permitting process.
The move all but ends Rio's hopes of hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix, an honour it last held in 1989. The inaugural event in 1972 was held at Interlagos before moving to Rio in 1979 and then from 1981 to 1989.
As a result the race will remain at Sao Paulo's Interlagos race track until 2025 after a new deal was signed last year.