Gerdau — the largest Brazilian steel producing company and one of the global leaders in the production of special steels for the automotive market — will be the official steel supplier for the Formula 1 São Paulo Grand Prix, which will take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th. November at the Interlagos Racetrack.
With more than 80 years since its inauguration and a history marked by iconic moments of Formula 1, the Interlagos Circuit will receive 100% recyclable steel from Gerdau for modernization interventions, following sustainability parameters aligned with the guidelines of the GP São Paulo de F1 and Formula 1 itself.
Among the new equipment that will be installed at the racetrack, a fixed system of steel structures stands out for the audiovisual transmission of the race, which covers the entire circuit. All interventions carried out on the sports equipment will be a legacy for the city of São Paulo and the other events that will take place there.
“We are very proud to be part of such an iconic event for Brazilian culture and sport,” said Gerdau CEO, Gustavo Werneck. “Gerdau, throughout its 122 years of history, has followed several transformations in the automotive sector and sees the current partnership as a great opportunity to promote the production of 100% recyclable and low-carbon steel, offering a more sustainable alternative to one of the biggest sporting events in the world.”
Alan Adler, the CEO of the São Paulo Formula 1 GP, said that F1 has set clear targets for reducing carbon emissions and that “this important movement is in line with our initiatives for environmental preservation.”
“We are also agents and disseminators of the culture of sustainability and, therefore, we are very happy with the partnership we have signed with Gerdau, a company that prioritizes the circular economy, promoting the recycling of materials and mitigating the impact on the environment,” he said .
The Gerdau steel that will be present at the event is the result of a process that encompasses the metal scrap recycling chain, involving more than one million people, including collectors and cooperatives.
Recycling, based on the concept of the circular economy, also has positive effects on mitigating climate change: it saves natural resources, reduces energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases.
“This unprecedented partnership with the São Paulo Formula 1 Grand Prix is another step in Gerdau’s strategy of producing innovative steels that help solve society’s dilemmas and problems. Gerdau steel, which is already used in several applications for the automotive market, now reaches the Brazilian stage of the most prestigious and innovative category in world motorsport,” said Werneck.