Brazilian Grand Prix
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Brazilian Grand Prix preview – Championship contenders on treacherous ground in Brazil
How Alonso and Red Bull can win the titles – Both championship titles could be decided this weekend
Championship calculator – Keep track of how the race can affect the championship using this handy tool
The engine situation with two races to go – Concerns over engine use for Vettel and Alonso
Johnny Herbert is the drivers’ adviser to the stewards this weekend. He joins Paul Gutjahr (Swiss national sporting body president), Gerd Ennser (board member of the German automobile club ADAC) and Felipe Giaffone (FIA truck racing commission member).
First used for a world championship race in 1973, and a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1990, Interlagos in Sao Paulo is one of the great highlights on the F1 calendar.
It’s not just the exciting circuit that makes it special, but the ranks of passionate Brazilian fans, who are never short of home talent to cheer on.
This year four drivers from Sao Paulo are on the grid: Felipe Massa, twice a winner of this race, Rubens Barrichello, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna.
A lap of Interlagos with Robert Kubica:
There is always a great atmosphere at Interlagos because of the passionate Brazilian fans. It’s one of those races that is usually exciting, often because of the unpredictable weather, and so we may have another interesting weekend. Overall the track is quite challenging to drive and it’s definitely a circuit that I enjoy.
It’s quite an old-fashioned track with some interesting sections. There are some uphill and downhill corners in the middle of the lap, as well as a couple of blind braking, late apex corners. Then you have the big uphill section from the last corner all the way along the main straight. It doesn’t seem especially steep when you watch it on television, but it’s important that you have good power and traction because it’s a long way to the first corner.
You need a set-up that deals with everything really because there is such a mix of corners – both high and low-speed. Plus, it’s bumpy, too, so you need a car that is smooth and comfortable to drive. And, as usual, you have to find the best compromise between downforce and top speed because you need to be competitive down the long straights.
It’s a circuit with good overtaking opportunities. The best chance is turn one and with a good tow along the main straight you can try and brake late and dive down the inside. Last year it helped that some cars were running a dry set-up and others had a wet set-up – so that led to quite a big speed differential between some of the cars.
When it rains the track becomes very tricky, especially because the rain is usually very heavy and you often get a lot of rivers and standing water across the track. But the organisers have done a good job of carrying out some drainage on the surface of the track recently, which has helped.
Changing tracks: Interlagos – The circuit has been halved in length since holding its first F1 race in the seventies
Interlagos (Autódromo José Carlos Pace) circuit information – Full track data including fastest laps, tyre compounds and more
Rain is expected to hit Interlagos during the race weekend for the third year in a row.
Read more: Rain to hit Saturday running in Brazil
Following the race live
We’ll be commenting live on the Grand Prix from start to finish. Join us for the race, qualifying and all three practice sessions at these times:
Friday 5th November 2010
Brazilian Grand Prix Free practice 1 – 10:00 – 11:30 (12:00 – 13:30)
Brazilian Grand Prix Free practice 2 – 14:00 – 15:30 (16:00 – 17:30)
Saturday 6th November 2010
Brazilian Grand Prix Free practice 3 – 11:00 – 12:00 (13:00 – 14:00)
Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying – 14:00 (16:00)
Sunday 7th November 2010
Brazilian Grand Prix – 14:00 (16:00)
More session times and live blog details here: Brazilian Grand Prix live TV times
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2009 Brazilian Grand Prix highlights
Wet qualifying left Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton towards the rear of the field and produced an exciting race which decided the outcome of the world championship.
2009 Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying – Rubens Barrichello took pole position but title rival Jenson Button could only manage 14th
Brazilian Grand Prix race report – Mark Webber dominated the race but Button did enough to claim the championship
Kobayashi and Sutil spark complaints over driving standards after crashes – Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima were among those eliminated in accidents
Previous Brazilian Grands Prix
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton is champion in epic climax to final race
2007 Brazilian Grand Prix – Raikkonen champion by a point
2006 Brazilian Grand Prix – Alonso takes title as puncture delays Schumacher
2005 Brazilian Grand Prix – Third place makes Alonso champion
1988 Brazilian Grand Prix – Prost wins as Senna gets disqualified
Images © Force India F1 Team, Brawn GP