PREVIEW – Brazilian Grand Prix


The penultimate round of the 2017 season takes place at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace. The circuit was built in the 1930’s becoming the home of the race before the war. The area where the circuit was build was originally intended to be used for housing, but following the global crash in 1929 the housing never got built.

The circuit is better known as Interlargos, this is because it literally sits between two large artificial lakes, Guarapiranga and Billings, which were built in the early 20th century to supply the city with water and electric power. The first Grand Prix held here was in the 1940’s as stock car races.

Interlargos presents drivers with a difficult challenge, like Mexico City we remain at altitude and we have a tight undulating circuit. This makes the cars more physically demanding and places highlight demands on the engines. Also the circuit is one of few on the calendar which is anti-clock wise meaning it places higher forces on the drivers necks.

After a brief spell in Rio where the Olympic Park now sits and the success of Ayrton Senna the race returned to Interlargos. Over the last twenty-five years the circuit has seen the highs and lows, titles won and lost. Alain Prost took his fortieth career win in 1990, then becoming the most successful driver in the history of the sport.

It was an emotionally and physically draining win for Ayrton Senna the following year. He was forced to drive the race stuck in sixth gear, but managed to hang on to take a win. Between 2005-2009, five titles where decided Fernando Alonso twice, Kimi Raikkonen and the dual between Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton in 2008.

That 2008 race was a defining moment in both careers, Massa took the victory and with Hamilton appearing stuck behind Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock it looked as if Massa would be champion. Until on the final lap at the final corner Hamilton passed him to finish fifth sealing his first championship.

Jenson Button followed that up sealing his only title here with fifth the following season. Following the Mexican Grand Prix and Hamilton’s fifth place the title has already been decided following the

Facts and figures

Race Grande Prêmio Heineken do Brasil
Venue Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Circuit Length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Laps 71
Race Distance 305.909 km (190.067 mi)
Lap Record 1:11.473 (Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 2004)
Most wins drivers Alain Prost (6)
Most wins manufacture McLaren (12)

Event timetable

  Local GMT
P1 10:00-11:30 12:00-13:30
P2 14:00-15:30 16:00-17:30
P3 11:00-12:00 13:00-14:00
Qualifying  14:00-15:00 16:00-17:00
Race 14:00 16:00

What happened in 2016?

Lewis Hamilton pulled of another fantastic drive in wet conditions to win the race and ensured the title would go down to the final race. It was a good race for the Mercedes driver who achieved one of his goals of victory at the home of idol Ayrton Senna. Max Verstappen kept his car out off the wall after spinning at the top off the hill to finish second.

However in what was planned to be Felipe Massa final home race, the Brazilian crashed out on the pit straight. His former teammate Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari has the race restarted, it was a hair raising incident with the Fin losing control of the car bringing out the red flag as he slammed his car into the wall

Full Race Report Full Result Google Collection

2015 vs 2016 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2016 01:11.895 01:12.271 01:11.740 01:11.511 01:11.238 01:10.738 03:01:01.335 01:25.305
Diff -1.648 -0.114 -0.330 -0.171 -0.975 -0.544 -01:30:08.245 +11.726
2015 01:13.543 01:12.385 01:12.070 01:11.682 01:12.213 01:11.282 01:31:09.090 01:13.543



Supersoft Soft Medium


8 4 1
Bottas 8




9 3 1
Verstappen 9 3


Vettel 9 3


Raikkonen 9




8 4 1
Ocon 8 4


Massa 10 2



10 2 1
Alonso 9 3



9 3 1
Hartley 8 4



8 4 1
Grosjean 8




8 4 1
Hulkenberg 10




10 2 1


9 3 1
Ericsson 9




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