Sunday, 27 November 2011

Preview 2011 Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Brazilian GP

São Paulo (Saint Paul) is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere and South America, and the world's seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the five-largest metropolitan areas on the planet.
The Brazilian Grand Prix (Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a Formula One championship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos, a district in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. In summer, mean temperatures are between 17 °C and 28 °C, and 32 °C on the hottest days. In winter, are between 11 °C and 23 °C, and 6 °C on the coldest days. Rainfall is abundant, amounting to an annual average of 1,454 millimetres so its very likely to rain, especially this Sunday when its anticipated rain or heavy rain (never know - meteorology its not an exact science)

Technical detailes
Interlagos Circuit has 4,3 km, 71 laps with a race distance of 306 km and racing direction - counter-clockwise; 4 highspeed straches, 2 slow turns, 3 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 310 km/h.

Best preview by Mark Webber in RedBull simulator:

Wikipedia History
A Brazilian Grand Prix was first held at Interlagos in 1972, although it was not part of the F1 World Championship. The following year,  the race was first included in the official calendar. In 1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, returning to Interlagos for the next two seasons before becoming the host from 1981, due to safety concerns with the 5-mile Interlagos circuit. In 1990 the Grand Prix returned to a shortened Interlagos, where it has stayed since.
The Interlagos circuit has created some of the most exciting and memorable races in recent Formula One history, and is regarded as one of the most challenging and exciting circuits on the F1 calendar. Along with Spa-Francorchamps, it is rare in that the circuit in its modern form is one of the few with a lengthy history in the sport not considered to have lost much of its mystique or challenge in its adaptation for the modern, much more safety-conscious era of 21st century Formula One.
In March 2008, the mayor of São Paulo announced that he had signed a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone to continue the holding of the Brazilian Grand Prix. This deal allows the Brazilian race to be on the calendar until 2015. With this, Interlagos is set for major improvements in its pit and paddock facilities.
In the final race of the 2008 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton became the youngest Formula One world champion, to that point in Formula One history. After adopting a conservative strategy without risks for most of the race to secure at least 5th place, and the title, a late-race rain shower caused unexpected trouble. First, Hamilton was pushed down to 5th place by German Toyota driver Timo Glock who didn't enter the pits for intermediates like most other front runners. With just 3 laps to go, Sebastian Vettel then also overtook the Briton on the track which meant he would end up with equal points to Massa, but with one victory less. While everybody was focussing on the battle between these two (Vettel managed to stay in front in the end), against all expectations both were able to overtake Glock, who had lost all grip with his dry weather tyres, in the very last corner before the finishing straight. This meant that, while the McLaren driver's title rival Felipe Massa won the race in his Ferrari, Hamilton ultimately grabbed the fifth place he needed to become champion. Renault's Fernando Alonso, the previous youngest champion, was second ahead of Massa's team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel.

Lap Record:1:11.473 - by Montoya in 2004

Wins Brazilian GP - including Jacarepagua Circuit (drivers):
6 - Alain Prost (1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
4 - Carlos Reutemann (1972, 1977, 1978, 1981)
   - Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 2000, 2002)
2 - Emerson Fittipaldi (1973, 1974)
   - Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986)
   - Nigel Mansell (1989, 1992)
   - Ayrton Senna (1991, 1993)
   - Mika Häkkinen (1998, 1999)
   - Juan Pablo Montoya (2004, 2005)
   - Felipe Massa (2006, 2008)
Winns (constructors):
11 - McLaren (1974, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005)
10 -  Ferrari (1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)
6 - Williams (1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2004)
3 - Brabham (1972, 1975, 1983)
2 - Red Bull (2009, 2010)
   - Benetton (1994, 1995)
   - Renault (1980, 1982)
1st places at Interlagos (by every year raced):
2010 - Sebastian Vettel, 2009 - Mark Webber, 2008 - Felipe Massa, 2007 - Kimi Räikkönen, 2006 - Felipe Massa, 2004 - Juan Pablo Montoya, 2003 - Giancarlo Fisichella, 2002 - Michael Schumacher, 2001 - David Coulthard,  
2000 - Michael Schumacher, 1999 - Mika Häkkinen, 1998 - Mika Häkkinen, 1997 - Jacques Villeneuve, 1996 - Damon Hill, 1995 - Michael Schumacher, 1994 - Michael Schumacher, 1993 - Ayrton Senna, 1992 - Nigel Mansell, 1991 - Ayrton Senna,  
1990 - Alain Prost,  
1980 - René Arnoux, 1979 - Jacques Laffite,
1977 - Carlos Reutemann, 1976 - Niki Lauda, 1975 - Carlos Pace, 1974 -  Emerson Fittipaldi, 1973 - Emerson Fittipaldi, 1972 - Carlos Reutemann  

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