PREVIEW – Incredible Interlagos

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Round eighteen and the penultimate round of the season takes us to the circuit known to fans drivers and teams as Interlagos. The circuit location gave its name to the part of the city but was renamed after former F1 driver José Carlos Pace who was killed in a plane crash near the city.

The circuit which is located on a hill was built after the original plan to build houses on before the 1929 global financial crisis and was built between 1938-1940. The meaning of Interlagos is between two lakes. The first F1 race was a non-championship event in 1972 before local man Emerson Fittipaldi won the first championship one a year later

The current shorter circuit dates back to the 1990’s but it is currently being updated and rebuilt to current standards.


Facts and figures

Race Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2015
Venue Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Circuit Length 4.309km (2.677 mi)
Laps 71
Race Distance 305.909 km (190.067 mi)
Lap Record 1:11.473 (Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 2004)
Most wins drivers Alain Prost (6)
Most wins manufacture McLaren (12)


Event timetable

  Local GMT
P1 1000-1130 1200-1330
P2 1400-1530 1600-1700
P3 1100-1200 1300-1400
Qualifying  1400-1600 1600-1700
Race 1400-1600 1600-1800


2014 Race Data

P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
01:12.764 01:12.123 01:10.446 01:10.347  01:10.303 01:10.023 01:30:02.555 01:13.555



2009 – Jenson Button and Brawn GP become the first team since the first season to win both championships in a debut season.

2008 – Felipe Massa just loses out to Lewis Hamilton at the last corner when the brit claimed fifth to take the title by a point. Meanwhile, David Coulthard’s last race and career ends at turn two after being hit by Nico Rosberg sending him to hit Kazuki Nakajima.

2005/06 – Fernando Alonso wins the championship beating Michael Schumacher to the title becoming championship twice.

1991 – an emotional Ayrton Senna drives through pain to victory before collapsing in his car after muscle cramps and fever winning by 2.9 seconds.


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