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Race information - Brazil 2016 // It's time to party at the popular Interlagos circuit

Published by Christine

There are two races left on the 2016 F1 calendar, but I'd wager that this is the one that most people are looking forward to more than any other. The championship is still up for grabs, we've got interesting team dynamics as driver contract decisions are starting to be made, and of course, we're at the wonderful Interlagos circuit in Brazil. The location always provides a fantastic atmosphere and rarely skimps on racing action, so this should be a weekend to remember!

Event schedule

Although there is pressure on Hamilton's shoulders this weekend in Brazil, he's in the unfortunate position of having to hope something comes along to derail the chances of Rosberg finishing on the podium. The championship fight is still on, the maths can still go either way, but it's looking more and more likely that Rosberg will be able to secure the points needed to take home his first championship.

That being said, if anywhere can mix things up, it's Brazil. Often the site of championship title deciders, the track is tricky and unpredictable which is exactly what we are, and Lewis is, looking for. Elsewhere, Jolyon Palmer has been given a new lease of life by signing up to Renault for another season, leaving Kevin Magnussen in the demotivating position of not having a seat for next season.

Felipe Massa will be emotional during his final home race, having confirmed his retirement earlier this year. Felipe Nasr will also celebrate in front of the home crowds. Sauber are desperately chasing their first point of the season, hoping not to end the year without finishing in the top ten on a single occasion. They came close last time out, but with just two races left, things are looking tight for the Swiss squad.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
11 NovFridayFree Practice 112:00
GMT +00:00
10:00
GMT -02:00
Free Practice 216:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT -02:00
12 NovSaturdayFree Practice 313:00
GMT +00:00
11:00
GMT -02:00
Qualifying16:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT -02:00
13 NovSundayGrand Prix16:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT -02:00

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

Expected conditions

It's not out of the ordinary for Brazil to offer up mixed conditions and the forecasts are suggesting there might be some rain sprinkled into proceedings to make the weekend a little more chaotic than usual. Friday looks to be the worst, with the sun trying to make an appearance on Saturday and Sunday, but there's a high chance of storms throughout the weekend too.

A thunderstorm or two

São Paulo, Friday

25℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 68%

A thunderstorm or two

Moderate chance of showers

São Paulo, Saturday

23℃

  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 78%

Moderate chance of showers

Cloudy with a chance of showers

São Paulo, Sunday

22℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 81%

Cloudy with a chance of showers

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitAutódromo José Carlos Pace
LocationSão Paulo
CountryBrazil
TimezoneGMT -02:00
Race debut1972
Laps71
Length4.309 km
Distance305.909 km
Line offset0.030 km

The Interlagos track has been on the calendar 34 times, with Rio sharing early duties of the Brazilian Grand Prix. It's a firm favourite for fans and drivers, partly due to the passionate crowds in the grandstands, but also because the circuit offers a brilliant challenge. There are natural elevation changes, a twisting midfield section, as well as some very tricky corners for braking.

The track hasn't been modified ahead of this year's race, not even the kerbing, but it's worth noting that organisers have put some effort into redesigning and rebuilding the pit lane garages and paddock areas. The track was originally nearly 8km long, but has been running its shorter version since 1990.

Five current drivers have taken victory at Interlago before, including home favourite Felipe Massa. He was driving for Ferrari, as was Kimi Räikkönen when he took his victory. Sebastian Vettel obviously dominated in the Red Bull, whilst Jenson Button took home a trophy in 2012. Finally, Nico Rosberg has won the last two Brazilian races, which is a worrying statistic for Lewis.

Results for the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:13.543
Free Practice 2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:12.385
Free Practice 3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:12.070
QualifyingNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:11.282
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:31:09.090
Fastest lapLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:14.832

Tyre compounds

Pirelli are bringing the orange hard tyre to this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, noting that the rubber will have to deal with constant cornering and dealing with traffic. It's an anti-clockwise circuit, so the right rear tyre takes on most of the heavy duties, however some resurfacing work a few years ago has helped smooth the bumps that were starting to become an issue at the track.

The drivers have selected only one or two sets of the harder compound throughout the field, focusing instead on the softer compounds. The Williams duo have the most yellow softs to play with, bringing nine each, but settling for only three sets of the medium tyres as a result.

Selected tyre sets per driver
Hard tyreMedium tyreSoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton148
Nico Rosberg148
Sebastian Vettel157
Kimi Räikkönen247
Valtteri Bottas139
Felipe Massa139
Daniel Ricciardo157
Max Verstappen157
Nico Hülkenberg238
Sergio Pérez238
Kevin Magnussen148
Jolyon Palmer148
Daniil Kvyat148
Carlos Sainz148
Marcus Ericsson157
Felipe Nasr157
Fernando Alonso148
Jenson Button148
Pascal Wehrlein148
Esteban Ocon148
Romain Grosjean157
Esteban Gutiérrez247

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
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari
FridayMaurizio ArrivabeneScuderia Ferrari
Paul HemberyPirelli Tyre S.p.A
Christian HornerRed Bull Racing
Monisha KaltenbornSauber F1 Team
Guenther SteinerHaas F1 Team
Frederic VasseurRenault Sport F1 Team
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Note: FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting will attend the latter part of the Thursday Drivers' Press Conference, alongside the nominated drivers, to talk about the 2016 FIA Formula One Mexican Grand Prix. On this occasion he will be present to address this topic ONLY, in order to avoid questions that are not in line with the facts in discussion.

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Tim MayerFIA alternate delegate to the USA and FIA Steward, son of former McLaren Team Principal Teddy Mayer, plus involvement in management of IndyCar and CART.
Mika SaloFormer Formula One driver, ALMS GT Champion and double Le Mans GT2 class winner.
Nish ShettyFIA Steward and member of the FIA International Court of Appeal.

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