Brazilian Grand Prix

Autódromo José Carlos Pace

First grand prix 1972

Number of laps 71

Race distance 305.909KM

Circuit length 4.309KM

About the Brazilian Grand Prix

The Brazilian Grand Prix has been a feature on the Formula 1 calendar every year since 1973 with race coming at Interlagos and Jacarepagua and used to be the finale until the introduction of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Formerly the season ending Grand Prix, it’s featured some legendary races in F1 history, with Ayrton Senna’s iconic win in 1991 and Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic title win in 2008 two of the most memorable instances.

That same Hamilton won the 2018 edition of the Brazilian Grand Prix, having already won the title in Mexico two weeks prior. 

Interlagos Track guide

Interlagos, official track name of Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, is one of the few tracks that run anti-clockwise in Formula 1. The start/finish starts halfway up the pit straight which is the first DRS sector, going uphill to the first corner.

Turns 1 and 2 and known as ‘Senna’s S’ after the Brazilian driver, a tough combination of turns that have different length and radius. These lead on to the long turn 3 before the second main straight (Reta Oposta) and DRS sector of the track.

Reta Oposta leads to ‘Descida do Lago’ of the left turns of 4 and 5 before the straight climb to the back of the pit buildings. Next follows a difficult section that involves various small turns and elevation changes of turns from 6 to 12.

Turn 6 is a downhill and right into turn 7 which is another right before turn 8. The right turn 8 goes into the downhill and then back uphill left of turn 9 before the still accelerating turn 10 leads to the right-hand hairpin of turn 11.

From turn 11 drivers are flat-out downhill through the left of turn 12 towards turn 13. Turn thirteen is a sharp uphill left before heading onto the high-speed finish of the lap.

Drivers are then flat-out through 14 and 15 before coming back onto the pit straight again, with many cars using it as a way to gain speed through DRS to overtake at turn 1.

Race history

The first three races of the Brazilian Grand Prix were won by home natives Emerson Fittipaldi, 1973/74, and Carlos Pace in 1975.

Jacarepagua held a race in 1978 as they wanted a race to be held closer to the city along with the rise of Nelson Piquet. Jacarepagua then held the race from 1981 – 1989 until a $15 million investment was made into Interlagos to shorten the track and smooth over the circuit.

With the emergence of Ayrton Senna Interlagos became the host of the Brazilian Grand Prix again in 1990 and has hosted it since. Alain Prost won the first race back in 1990, his last of six Brazilian Grand Prix victories.

Home native Senna won the next year in 1991 and again in 1993 before Schumacher in 1994/95 and again in 2000/02. Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf shared a row on the starting grid for the first time in their careers in 2001.

Treacherous conditions in 2003 made for a memorable race in which Giancarlo Fisichella won in his Jordan. Heavy rain just before and during the race caused issues with several drivers spinning out. Fernando Alonso crashed out, blocking the circuit in the process and after much confusion the win was eventually handed to Fisichella.

In 2008 Lewis Hamilton became the youngest Formula 1 World Champion at the time. Felipe Massa won the race and Hamilton just finished fifth, passing Timo Glock on the penultimate corner to gain enough points to secure the championship.

Jenson Button finished in the same position a year later to secure his only Championship. In 2016 we saw a remarkable overtake from Max Verstappen on Nico Rosberg in the wet weather, going around the outside at turn 3.

The Brazilian GP used to make for an entertaining finale to the Formula 1 season. Should it return as the final race?

When is the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix?

The race weekend at Interlagos kicks off Friday November 15th, with Free Practice 1 starting at 11am local time (2pm BST, 9am EST). FP2 starts that afternoon at 3pm (6pm BST, 1pm EST). On Saturday, FP3 starts at 12pm local time (3pm BST, 10am EST), and qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix takes place at 3pm on Saturday (6pm BST, 1pm EST).

The Brazilian Grand Prix will start at 3.10pm local time on Sunday November 17th (6.10pm BST, 1.10pm EST).

Session Date Time
Practice 1 15 November 2019 09:00 - 10:30
Practice 2 15 November 2019 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 3 16 November 2019 10:00 - 11:00
Qualifying 16 November 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Race 17 November 2019 12:10 - 14:10
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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