The Brazilian Grand Prix was first held early in the Formula One calendar but was later moved towards the end. This was typically a site where the best drivers won thanks to the grueling weather conditions. F1’s greatest champions like Lewis Hamilton and Alain Prost have made this their home along with Brazilian legends like Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet. The Brazilian GP is where favorites dominate the online F1 betting odds.
There are 15 turns in this course as of 2022, which is down from its original 26. One of the most notable is the “Juncao”. The series of left turns from this exit all the way to Turn 1 presents one of the longest full-throttle stretches on the calendar.
The course’s pit lane is notorious for being one of the longest in F1. It received upgrades to make it safer in 2007 and finally in 2014 with a chicane. So there should be fewer retirements in a race that could be critical to the F1 standings.
- Course: Autódromo José Carlos Pace
- Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Course Length: 2.677 miles (4.309 kilometers)
- Distance: 71 laps, 190.064 miles (305.879 kilometers)
As mentioned, the Interlagos Circuit or the Autódromo José Carlos Pace was renovated multiple times over its long history. It got its name from F1 driver Jose Carlos Pace, who died in a plane crash in 1977.
The Interlagos circuit was built on hilly ground, which is why the track is bumpy and requires more power from the car’s engines. This, along with the intense weather conditions, tax many drivers, and retirements are common in this course.
Top 5 Results: TBD
Current F1 Standings- 2022 Season
|Free Practice 1||Friday 11 November 2022||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying||Friday 11 November 2022||Kevin Magnussen|
|Free Practice 2||Saturday 12 November 2022||TBD|
|Sprint||Saturday 12 November 2022||George Russell|
|Race||Sunday 13 November 2022||George Russell|
History of Brazil Grand Prix
The Brazilian GP first became an official race in 1972 in Interlagos. It was not part of Formula 1 Grand Prix. The following year, it became a part of the F1 calendar and was held early in the season. Local racer Emerson Fittipaldi of Lotus-Ford won.
However, the racing conditions at Interlagos were considered poor. Combined with the rainy conditions, F1 moved to Jacarepagua in 1978. Interlagos then made the necessary upgrades and hosted the 1979 and 1980 races. But the circuit became increasingly dilapidated and F1 had to return to Jacarepagua in Rio De Janeiro.
In the 1980s, Prost would earn the moniker “The King of Rio” as he went on to win five times in seven years in Jacarepagua. With the FIA putting the Brazil Grand Prix at the start of the year, Jacarepagua was one of the most difficult races to win. Several drivers have failed to finish due to heat.
Sao Paulo’s officials worked on revamping the Interlagos Circuit. By 1990, the track had been upgraded enough for Formula One to return. But Prost spoiled his debut in Sao Paulo though Senna would win the following year in 1991 and again in 1993.
For most of the Grand Prix’s existence, the favorites have dominated the race. This was uncanny as the occasionally harsh weather and poor track conditions of earlier races made the odds of retiring higher than what it is today.
However, the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix would be notable as the first time a longshot won. Giancarlo Fisichella of Jordan-Ford held off Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren-Mercedes to win his maiden race. The race was blasted by a monsoon, which contributed to the retirements of Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
The following year, the Brazilian GP was moved to the end of the F1 calendar. Barrichello redeemed himself as he finally finished a race in Brazil by placing third. By the 2010s, Red Bull and Mercedes alternated in winning at Interlagos with 2017 being the only exception as Sebastian Vettel won with Ferrari.