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Brazilian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2016

Circuit information
CircuitAutódromo José Carlos Pace
LocationSão Paulo
TimezoneGMT -03:00
Race debut1972
Length4.309 km
Distance305.909 km
Line offset0.030 km

Event overview

The Brazilian Grand Prix has more recently played host to the Formula One season finale, providing a party atmosphere and an action-packed race to send the season off in style - no matter whether the championship was still in contention or not. For 2014 onwards, the race moved to become the penultimate round, with Abu Dhabi taking up final hosting duties.

No matter where it sits in the calendar, though, there’s something about the Brazilian race that inspires, raises the excitement levels and gets fans anticipating a brilliant weekend. The track is full of character and has plenty to keep the drivers on their toes.

From the first off-camber corner, through twisting sections and just a couple of tricky straights, the drivers have to keep their concentration levels high. Faster curves litter the laps, although there are a couple of extremely tight turns that allow for overtaking opportunities. The final run up the hill, with advertising boardings on the outside of the track, sticks in the mind, as drivers bring home a fast lap, end a fantastic race, and perhaps even wrap up a championship battle.

The weather plays its part over the Interlagos track, with mixed conditions making life difficult. Tyre strategy is always key in current F1, but with the added possibility of using wet tyres at some point during a weekend, keeping an eye on the forecasts is supremely important in Brazil.

Likewise, the safety car is often spotted out on track at some point during a race. The demands of the track and its position during the latter stages of the season can cause reliability issues in the cars, and the drivers are often pushing for points with a lot to prove. Both can end in accidents or incidents that require a safety car intervention, and that also adds to the potential strategy problems for those on the pit wall.

With a fanatical crowd and a party atmosphere from start to finish, Brazil has impressed over the last couple of years, shaking off the concerns of increased crime getting to and from the track. There have been a handful of reports of robberies and equipment going missing, but for most, it is worth the risk. The drivers enjoy the circuit, the grandstands are packed to bursting, and the track almost always delivers a good race, as Brazil plays its part in bringing the season to a spectacular close.

Learn more about Interlagos with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
11 NovFridayFree Practice 112:00
GMT +00:00
GMT -02:00
Free Practice 216:00
GMT +00:00
GMT -02:00
12 NovSaturdayFree Practice 313:00
GMT +00:00
GMT -02:00
GMT +00:00
GMT -02:00
13 NovSundayGrand Prix16:00
GMT +00:00
GMT -02:00
Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

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