The Brazilian Grand Prix has been held at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo for the majority of the race’s existence. The track has seen some big alterations to its layouts over the decades, but the characteristics have remained the same. With a combination of long straights, wide sweeping corners, big elevation changes, and its unusual anti-clockwise layout, it’s one of the biggest challenges on the calendar. The Interlagos Circuit has seen many great races in the past, and the 2018 edition does look promising with drivers looking to sign off the season on a high note.
The newly revamped circuit held its first race in 1990 and has since been a venue for some of the most exciting and remarkable races. On many occasions, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the concluding Grand Prix of the season and saw many champions being crowned. This year, however, this is not the case as the Formula One calendar has been expanded to include more races.
Lewis Hamilton is world champion, but there is still plenty at stake for the remainder of the season. Mercedes lead Ferrari by 55 points, so the Italian team must out score Mercedes by at least 13 points in Sao Paulo to take the fight to Abu Dhabi. If Mercedes do clinch the title it will be their fifth successive crown – and they will be one away from matching Ferrari’s record six in a row between 1999 and 2004.
Sebastian Vettel is already assured of second place in the 2018 Formula 1 Driver Standings, but there is still plenty at stake for third spot – which has the reward of a trophy at the end of season FIA prize giving ceremony. Kimi Raikkonen is currently in that position, but the Ferrari man has both Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen within 20 points of him. That battle should definitely go to the wire in Abu Dhabi.
Join us later in the evening for the latest updates and results from the Autodromo José Carlos Pace, as 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 and Red Bull for the win.