Track Preview: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Austin, Romain Grosjean drives a cracking drive to second place and Mark Webber claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Sauber and Williams also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Red Bull or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Brazilian Grand Prix is an event that has seen drivers and teams win titles and lose titles also. The circuit used to hold the record for bumpiness, but since it has been resurfaced Singapore now holds the record. The circuit runs anti-clockwise with high speed sections and compressions which makes it a difficult race for the drivers and their necks.

Top speed can be achieved before Turn 1 or Turn 4, depending on the direction of the wind. The cars need to have a lot of traction to have a good race here. However, the weather can quickly change around this circuit, anything can happen and it usually does around Interlagos.

And here we go guys with nineteenth and final race of the 2014 Formula One season, the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo…

Facts and Figures

  • Brazil has hosted the Grand Prix at the circuit since 1973.
  • Alain Prost is the most successful driver with six wins.
  • Felipe Massa and Mark Webber are the most successful drivers currently at the track with two wins each.
  • McLaren is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with twelve wins.
  • Race distance: 305.9km (190.08 miles)
  • Number of turns: 15
  • Top speed: 320kph
  • Lap record: Juan Pablo Montoya- Williams (2004)- 1.11.473
  • Winners from pole 10/30 (33%)
  • Winners from last five Brazilian Grand Prix: 2008- Felipe Massa, 2009- Mark Webber, 2010- Sebastian Vettel, 2011-Mark Webber, 2012- Jenson Button

My top 5 Brazilian Grand Prix

Here are my top five Brazilian Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix- Juan Pablo Montoya wins the race ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello. Barrichello took Pole Position at his home race. The race in its early stages was in changeable conditions and the battle between Raikkonen and Montoya was ongoing. To take the lead, Montoya pulled off a brilliant move that he deemed himself to be ‘brave’. Montoya took what would be Williams’s last victory until the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.  This race would signal the end of Barrichello’s retirements at the race in ten years. [No Video was avaliable]
  2. 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix- Ayrton Senna wins the race ahead of Riccardo Patrese and Gerhard Berger. I have only just recently just watched this race as I was only two years old when the race was on. Senna led the race from start to finish with an outstanding drive from the Brazilian. Even though Senna’s gearbox was failing and he was driving in sixth gear as he lost fifth and third gears with Patrese catching him rather quickly but could not pass Senna due to problems with his own gearbox. After the race, it became apparent that the effort to win his home race in style at last had taken its effect on Senna. Senna was unable to move after suffering muscle cramps and a fever and had to be lifted out of the car. I have ever seen anything like it and I do not think we ever will. A legend. 
  3. 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix- Mark Webber wins the race ahead of Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton. The opening lap was separated by three different incidents. The first was Kovalainen making contact with Vettel coming out of the Senna ‘S’. The second took place two corners later with Sutil trying to pass Trulli out of the fifth corner. Both cars were eliminated. The third took place in the pit lane Kovalainen was released from his pit box with the fuel hose still attached to the car, took it with him and a spray of fuel. Luckily no one was hurt, the Brawn mechanics got the fuel tank release off his car. Barrichello led the first part of the race. Mark Webber took the lead as Barrichello struggled with the pace and took the win. Also, Jenson Button was declared the World Champion and Brawn GP Constructors Champions at the end of the race after a brilliant year. 
  4. 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix- Jenson Button wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. I have never seen a race like this ever with Alonso and Vettel battling each other for the title. Vettel had a poor start and then a spin with Bruno Senna sending him back to 22nd position with a lot of work to do. Rain began to fall and Button and Hulkenberg stayed out while others pitted for Intermediate tyres. Debris on the track brought out the Safety Car on Lap 23. Hulkenberg on Lap 56 tried to pass Hamilton but slid into him, which made Lewis with damage to his left front suspension, handing the lead to Button. The race ended with Di Resta crashing out on the start/finish straight. Vettel won his third consecutive world title. Caterham managed to finish ahead of Marussia for 11th place in the Constructors. It was also the final  race for HRT who withdrew from the season due to financial issues. But Button drove a magnificent race! 
  5. 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix- Felipe Massa wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. With one of the best races I have ever seen, Brazil and its weather create a championship showdown between Massa and Lewis. Lewis is passed by Vettel when Kubica unlaps himself and all hopes of the championship is gone… unless Glock makes a mistake, promoting Lewis into the position that he needs to win the championship from Massa (regardless if Massa takes the win). Glock makes that mistake on the final lap while Massa crosses the line for the win, thinking he has won the world title. But Lewis manages to keep Glock at bay and becomes the 2008 world champion!!! I was so emotional that day, tears in my eyes, punching the air with Lewis! A great race!  or  (from 3.23 to end is the best bit!).

If the Brazilian Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull, Mercedes and Lotus to win again and gain some points in the Constructors championship lead for Ferrari? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race? Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 11.45pm and 3.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 12.45pm and 3.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 2.30pm
  • BBC- Friday Saturday- (Qualifying) 4.0pm, Sunday (Race Highlights on BBC1 and Race Highlights on BBC 3) 4.00pm and 4.00pm (Times are still to be confirmed!)

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Brazilian Grand Prix and also a Tribute to Mark Webber by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

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