- 71 laps make up the Brazil GP
- 4.309 km is the length of each lap around Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
- 305.909 km is the total race distance to complete the Brazil GP
- 1:11.473 is the current lap record held by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2004
From Mexico, Scuderia Ferrari takes the short hop across the Americas and down to Sao Paulo for the penultimate round of the Formula 1 season and 71 laps of the exciting circuit formerly known as Interlagos Circuit.
The circuit was recently renamed the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, after the local Brazilian hero who raced in Formula 1 during the 1970’s for Williams, Surtees and Brabham during his short career. As well as Pace, the famous circuit and the “hub of Brazilian motorsport” has been graced with national motorsport legends such as Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.
The Scuderia Ferrari team arrives in Brazil with little pressure and a chance to finish the season strongly. They can hold their heads high and take a lot of positives from a more competitive 2017 season. The performance and speed of the special anniversary SF70H has been impressive and with only 2 races of the 2017 Formula 1 season left, what better way to end it on a high with 2 race wins.
The fans in Brazil are amongst some of the most passionate on the Formula 1 circuit. Drivers will often commend them for being the loudest, cheering, sounding off air horns around the stadium and lots of singing and bringing a unique carnival feel to the race weekend. It’s enough to give Seb and Kimi a lot of race buzz.
Rewind back to last season’s torrential downpour throughout the Grand Prix, an event that saw a number of red flagged incidents throughout, and the paddock will be optimistic on how temperatures and the weather could affect the outcome of this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Brazil GP in numbers
Here are the key numbers for Round 19 of the season, the Brazil GP this Sunday:
71 – laps make up the Brazil GP.
4.309 km – The length of each lap around the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
305.909 km – The total race distance to complete the Brazil GP.
1:11.473 – Current lap record set in 2004 by Juan Pablo Montoya.
There’s no doubting the tyre choice of the weekend. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have selected the red-striped Supersoft tyre as their main choice that will give them the best chance of glory in Brazil.
The complete tyre choice rundown for the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers is identical with both drivers opting for 1 set of the Medium tyre, 3 sets of the yellow Soft tyre and 9 sets of the red-striped Supersoft tyre.
The famous circuit starts off with the famous “S – Senna” curve as the team looks to perfect the best racing line out of the turn 3 before reaching the first of two DRS activation zones. If the time-split is less than a second between 2 cars they can then open the rear wing of the SF70H to give themselves a boost and an opportunity to overtake.
On to the tricky sector 2, which hosts a series of tight and twisty corners (T6 – T13) that will challenge drivers aerodynamically throughout the lap. The Brazil GP in 2016 saw an outstanding Max Verstappen able to navigate the tricky waterlogged sector and chose many of the infield corners to overtake his rivals. That said Seb and Kimi can take hope from this and try to better that in this season’s Brazil GP. Once through sector 2 they’ll be able to open up the engines of the SF70H to cross the start/finish line and complete the lap.
The forecast on first look seems unsettled for the entire race weekend. Heavy thunderstorms are set to sweep across the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace through Free Practice 1 & 2 and rain will continue into Qualifying. However on race day bright sunshine is set to beam out meaning a dry track for race day and temperatures soaring back up to the high 20s meaning on-track temperatures could hover around 40°C. However, if the unsettled conditions play-out through Qualifying then the grid for race day could be very mixed!
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