Built on a piece of land which was considered unsuitable for housing in 1938, the project was materialised in the early 1970’s following the international success of Emerson Fittipaldi, and Sao Paulo hosted its first F1 Grand Prix in 1973. Also known as Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos has hosted some of Formula 1’s most exciting and memorable races and crowned some of History’s greatest Brazilian drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.
Deemed as one of the most challenging circuits of the Formula 1 calendar, Interlagos encloses numerous straights and corners which have strongly contributed to the circuit’s popularity. Moreover, the natural elevation changes of the track ensure the 65 000 spectators a view of at least 50% of the circuit from wherever they may sit.
As usual, it is one of the most chaotic and exciting races on the calendar. Lewis Hamilton is coming into the race as a newly-crowned five-time world champion, but Scuderia Ferrari will be confident of success at Interlagos, just like last season, when Sebastian Vettel won and Kimi Raikkonen finished third.
Join us later in the evening for the latest updates and results from the Autodromo José Carlos Pace, as the qualifying session for the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix is about to start, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to challenge Mercedes for pole position.