Brazilian GP Preview

Nico Rosberg can become the World Champion this weekend if he wins Sunday’s GP. But what can Lewis Hamilton do to stop his team-mate from taking the crown.

10/11/16

Track stats

  • First GP:  1973
  • Laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.309km
  • Race distance: 305.909km
  • Lap record: 1:11.473, Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004
  • Corners: 15

A great circuit and great atmosphere

The Brazilian GP has been held at Interlagos in Sao Paulo since 1973. A move to Jacarepagua for the 1974 to 1989 before a return to Interlagos for 1990. Interlagos has played host to the GP ever since its return and witnessed some exciting and historic races. Home favourite and 3 time world champion, Ayrton Senna won twice back in 1991 and 1993. Interlagos has held the driver’s championship title fight most notably in 2008 and in 2012. This will be the final home race for Felipe Massa, who will retire at the end of the year.

All 5 of the current world champions have clinched a title in Brazil. McLaren and Ferrari both have 8 wins each here. Alain Prost has claimed 6 wins around Interlagos with Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg on 2 wins each.

F1 news

Zander re-joins Sauber

Jorg Zander will re-join Sauber as the team’s technical director at the start of 2017. Zander was the Switzerland-based team’s chief designer between 2006 and 2007 and is returning after a stint as technical director for Audi. Sauber are still yet to score a point this term and are currently last in the Constructors’ Championship.

Wehrlein would be happy with second Manor seat for 2017

Pascal Wehrlein says he would be happy to stay at Manor for a second Formula 1 season. The Mercedes junior has impressed in his debut F1 season and scoring a crucial point for Manor with 10th in Austria. Wehrlein’s team-mate , Esteban Ocon has also been linked with Force India, and is also on Renault’s shortlist to partner Nico Hulkenberg.

Ross Brawn attracted to F1 return

Ross Brawn has admitted he is attracted to returning to Formula 1 in a position which would allow the former Mercedes and Ferrari boss to shape the future direction of the sport. Brawn has been out of F1 since the end of 2013 but could be poised to return following Liberty Media’s takeover.

How Rosberg can win on Sunday

A win for Nico Rosberg on Sunday would definitely secure his first ever Driver’s Championship. With a maximum of 50 points to be gained over the next two GPs. Lewis Hamilton trails Rosberg by 19 points heading into this weekend.

If Hamilton wins in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, Rosberg only needs to finish second or third to be sure of the title. More importantly, Hamilton needs to win on Sunday to have a chance at the championship. What eludes Hamilton more is that he has never won in Brazil before.

2017 driver line-up news

Force India sign Ocon for 2017

Force India have signed Manor driver Esteban Ocon for 2017 to partner Sergio Perez. Ocon replaces Nico Hulkenberg, who moved to Renault for next year. Pascal Wehrlein and Felipe Nasr were the other candidates for the second seat. Ocon replaced Rio Haryanto for the Belgian GP onwards this season as Haryanto’s sponsor fell back on their payments.

Force India: Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon

Renault: Nico Hulkenberg & Jolyon Palmer

 

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