Formula 1 is ramping up security ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, which will take place at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace. In recent years, the race at Interlagos has come under scrutiny for a string of violent robbery attacks on Formula 1 personnel. Last year, a planned Pirelli test was called off for that reason.
Britain’s Sun newspaper reports that, in response, the FIA has held meetings in Paris and organised that police line the main road into the track near Sao Paulo, while Brazil’s Globo informs on Tuesday that teams like Force India will bring extra security to the Brazilian Grand Prix: “We have worked with local authorities and apparently they’ll have a much larger presence as well. There will be a greater effort,” said Otmar Szafnauer, the Chief Executive Officer and Team Principal of the Racing Point Force India Formula One motor racing team.
For Scuderia Ferrari, the Brazil trip began last Saturday, when the race team’s “advance party” set off for Sao Paulo. Heading into the penultimate round of the season, the race is still on for the Constructors’ title and the aim is to fight for it all the way to the very end. Whatever the outcome, the numbers show that this has been the Prancing Horse’s best season since 2008 in terms of number of wins, pole positions and championship points scored.