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Brazil 2011 - Race information // Everything you need to know about the final race of the year

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It's the last race of the year, eighteen races complete and just one Grand Prix to go. Thankfully, the season finale will be held at a decent racetrack, which should produce an eventful race. We've got elevation changes, unpredictable weather, and more importantly, enthusiastic fans, meaning that the Brazilian Grand Prix should be a party to send the 2011 season off in style.

Event schedule

It's the final opportunity for our drivers to make a good impression if they're not sure of a race seat next year - with the young driver test fresh on everyone's minds. We know that Robert Kubica won't be back in the Renault/Lotus for the start of 2012, and we also know that HRT have sewn up one of their seats with the experienced Pedro de la Rosa.

The battle for second place in the driver standings still rages, with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso likely to take the fight to the finish. In the constructor's fight, it's all between Sauber and Toro Rosso as this last race will finally sort their positions once and for all. Team Lotus will continue to be on tenterhooks hoping they can cling on to their tenth position.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT)Time (Local)
25 NovFridayFree Practice 112:0010:00
Free Practice 216:0014:00
26 NovSaturdayFree Practice 313:0011:00
Qualifying16:0014:00
27 NovSundayGrand Prix16:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes Porsche Cup and Porsche Challenge.

The weather

The long range weather forecasts show the sun sitting behind clouds going into the weekend, and gradually getting worse until there is the potential for lightning and thunder on Sunday.

moderate

Interlagos Circuit, Friday

23℃

  • Low 14℃
  • Humidity 64%

Moderate conditions

cloudy

Interlagos Circuit, Saturday

25℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 74%

Cloud cover

rain

Interlagos Circuit, Sunday

22℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 80%

Storms likely

Circuit map

Interlagos Circuit Map
Interlagos Circuit MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameInterlagos
LocationBrazil
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race1972
Laps71
Length4.309 km
Distance305.909 km
Start / Finish Offset0.030 km

The Interlagos circuit is one of the few that is run anti-clockwise, which - although it doesn't make too much difference to the action that you see on track - can cause an extra challenge to drivers and teams. It's the end of a long season and reliability, and tired mistakes, are starting to become a factor, so there could be an extra element of chaos in Brazil this weekend.

The circuit is a favoured one by drivers, with both long straights requiring excellent top speed, but also twisting corners that demand great downforce. Data provided by Williams suggests the average safety car per race is 0.9, which I would have thought to be higher.

Red Bull have won the last two races here, which is an ominous start, but Ferrari have also shown well, taking victory at the previous three events. Felipe Massa particularly enjoys the circuit, and has plenty of emotional memories to spur him on.

2010 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:12.328Live / Results
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:11.968Live / Results
Free Practice 3Robert KubicaRenault1:19.191Live / Results
QualifyingNico HülkenbergWilliams1:14.470Live / Results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull1:33:11.803Live / Results
Fastest LapLewis HamiltonMcLaren1:13.851

Tyre compounds

Soft and medium compounds
Soft and medium compounds

It's worth noting that this weekend the Friday drivers will have two sets of experimental hard tyres in preparation for the 2012 season. The tyre is a lot softer than the current hard compound.

In the race, the soft tyres (yellow sidewalls) are a new version of this year's rubber, one that was tested out by the young drivers last week and earlier in the year during the German Grand Prix.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday11:00Rubens BarrichelloWilliams
Jenson ButtonMcLaren
Felipe MassaFerrari
Daniel RicciardoHRT
Bruno SennaRenault
Michael SchumacherMercedes
Friday16:00Eric BoullierRenault
Jean Francois CaubetRenault
Bob FernleyForce India
Paul HemberyPirelli
Christian HornerRed Bull
Riad AzmatLotus
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Alex WurzTwice Le Mans winner and former F1 driver
Lars ÖsterlindFIA World Council Member
Roger PeartPresident of the FIA Circuits Commission and of ASN in Canada

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