Lewis Hamilton against deforestation to built a new Rio circuit

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Formula 1 plans to add a race in Rio de Janeiro, after a new circuit is built, however the building involves tearing down of trees.

The new track would be built at Deodoro, an out-of-use military base, but the building process would include the tearing down of 70,000 trees. The race promoter plans on re-planting them, but Lewis Hamilton doesn’t support the whole idea.

“My personal opinion is that the world doesn’t need a new circuit,” said the Briton.

“I think there’s plenty of circuits in the world that are great. I love Interlagos. I have been to Rio, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful place.

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“I don’t know all the details of it. I heard that it’s potentially going to be sustainable.

“But the most sustainable thing you can do is not tear down any trees, particularly in a time where we’re fighting a pandemic, and there continues to be a global crisis around the world.

“I don’t think with deforestation and everything, I don’t think it’s a smart move.

“I don’t have the details of why, but it’s not something I personally support,” concluded the six-time champion.

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