A judge in Brazil has suspended the payment of an $18 million contract which the Prefecture of Sao Paulo had agreed with the F1 group for a race in Interlagos this year. The details of the deal were announced last week in the official state journal, with a five-year deal that allowed the prefecture to pay the promoter money to run a Grand Prix.
However Judge Emilio Migliano Neto has ruled that the contract needs to be looked at in detail because there was no tender for the contract and because of the secrecy involved in the negotiations. This could be the result of the former race promoter stirring up trouble as there as been some some discontent in the relationship in recent years.
The judge has given the city five days to produce required documentation. The deal was agreed in November for the city to host a race at Interlagos for the next five years. The race is to be called the Sao Paulo Grand Prix rather than the Brazilian GP as a result. It is unlikely that this will impact the race in any permanent way but it will make the paperwork more arduous.