Brazilian Grand Prix – Preview

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Wow, where has the year gone? Seems like only a few weeks ago I was recovering from the sun stroke I picked up from Silverstone! There’s been some recent rumours that next year Abu Dhabi will replace Brazil as the season finale. Korea, New Jersey, India and Mexico have all been dropped from the provisional calendar, which adds up to 19 races next year, 8 of which would be back to back. Autosport released the suggested dates here.

Interlagos (Autódromo José Carlos Pace) has been one of my favourite tracks for many a year, as it never fails to throw up a special race. Let’s not forget the amount of championships that have been decided there, like last year for example. In fact, four of the past five championships have been decided during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The track has 15 corners, and 2 DRS zones which are located on the pit straight and after turn 3 down Reta Oposta. Interlagos (the newer version) is 4.309km long, whilst Juan Pablo Montoya holds the lap record here, of a 1:11:473 which he set back in 2004. The drivers will circulate the track 71 times, which is equivalent of driving just over 190 miles.

Whilst Interlagos hosts it’s 31st race, we will be waving an emotional goodbye to Mark Webber, who will be leaving Formula 1 for the Porsche sportscar programme at the end of the year. I wrote a piece on Webber earlier this year on his career in F1, you can read that here. We will also be watching Felipe Massa’s last race with Ferrari, as next year he will be racing at Williams.

Massa is actually the only driver to have won from pole in the last 10 years (the rest were from second), he did so in 2006 and 2008 where he narrowly missed out on becoming world champion. In all of the years raced at the new Interlagos (the 4.3km, not the 8km track) only 8 of the 23 races have been won from pole. However, 11 of them have been won from second, and the other four were won from out of the top two.

Pirelli have brought the hard and medium compound tyres this weekend, but with rain on the radar, we could well be seeing the intermediate and wet tyres making an appearance. The racing weekend is live on both SkyF1 and BBC, so you can take your pick on which coverage to watch!

Timetable: (UK time)

Friday:
Practice 1 – 12:00pm
Practice 2 – 16:00pm

Saturday:
Practice 3 – 13:00pm
Qualifying – 16:00pm

Sunday:
Race – 16:00pm

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