The venue remains part of the Formula One calendar and although it is now considerably shorter than the original track, much of the character of the old circuit is still present, as are the vocal and enthusiastic Brazilian fans.
Interlagos measured almost 8km in length when Emerson Fittipaldi treated the crowd to a home victory at their first world championship race.
The Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro took over as Brazil’s home of F1 throughout most of the eighties, but the sport returned to Sao Paulo in 1990 on a truncated circuit which travels in the opposition direction to the old course at one point.
The configuration has altered little since then, besides minor re-profiling to some corners and changes to the run-off areas as seen at other tracks.
|Lap length||4.309km (2.677 miles)|
|Race distance||305.909km (190.083 miles)|
|Pole position||Right-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’11.473 (217.039 kph) by Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004|
|Fastest lap||1’09.822 (222.171 kph) by Rubens Barrichello, 2004|
|Maximum speed||310kph (192.625 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Pit straight and Reta Oposta straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||190m|
|Longest flat-out section||1394m|
|Gear changes per lap||42|
|Fuel use per lap||1.9kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.057s|
|Quickest complete pit stop in 2012||20.997s by Red Bull (see full list)|
|2013 prime tyre**:||Hard (2012: Hard)|
|2013 option tyre**:||Medium (2012: Medium)|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
**Pirelli’s compounds are softer than those used in 2012
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes