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F1 powerbroker Bernie Ecclestone in shock move to buy Brazilian GP

By Robert Jones

New Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria has confirmed reports F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone could rescue the Brazilian Grand Prix.

With the Interlagos race already under a cloud for 2017, Ecclestone hinted last week that with new mayor Doria looking to privatise the track, he might be the buyer.

Doria has now told EFE news agency: "We will have a meeting with the organisers of Formula One in Brazil next week. They obviously know our position.

"I invite Bernie Ecclestone and all those who are Formula One promoters to form a consortium and participate in the privatisation programme at Interlagos."

When asked what his vision is for Interlagos, Doria answered: "It will be the same as that in Abu Dhabi, one of the most modern race tracks in the world."

Nico Rosberg has admitted he does not know how he will approach next weekend's championship decider in Abu Dhabi.

The German currently holds a 12-point lead in the championship, and has consistently refused to focus on the championship battle with team mate Lewis Hamilton, instead choosing to take each race as it comes.

But now, ahead of the final race of the season, Rosberg says he's not sure how to handle it.

"I don't know how I'm going to approach the last race yet," he said. "I will let you know on Thursday [in Abu Dhabi] when I have had time to think about it."

"It's going to be a difficult race weekend like always," he added. "It's always a challenge - nothing in F1 is easy."

A podium finish will guarantee Rosberg a first world championship crown, regardless of Hamilton's result.

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