McLaren Honda F1 Brazilian Grand-Prix preview

McLaren Honda F1 Brazilian Grand-Prix preview

08.11.2016: 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix Formula 1 Round 20/21 11-13 November 2016

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix 
Formula 1  Round 20/21
11-13 November 2016





Circuit stats


2015 winner Nico Rosberg, 71 laps, 1:31:09.090s
2015 pole position Nico Rosberg,1m11.282s
2015 fastest lap Lewis Hamilton, 1m14.832s (lap 51)



Name Autódromo José Carlos Pace


First race 1973


Circuit length 4.309km/2.677 miles (3rd shortest of the season)


Distance to Turn One 190m/0.118 miles (longest of the season: Mexico, 800m/0.497 miles)


Longest straight 650m/0.404 miles, on the approach to the Turn One


Top speed 325km/h/202mph, on the approach to Turn One


Pitlane length 380m/0.236 miles, estimated time loss 21s


Full throttle 60 per cent


DRS zones Two, on the approach to Turns One and Four


Key corner Turn 12, Junção. A third-gear left-hander that’s taken at 130km/h (81mph). It’s crucial to get the power down cleanly because the long, uphill drag to the finish-line follows, at the end of which is one of the best overtaking points on the lap



Fastest corner 257km/h (160mph), Turn Five


Slowest corner 72km/h (45mph), Turn 10


Major changes for 2016 None, except for maintenance work


Fuel consumption 1.49kg per lap, which is low



ERS demands High. There are several places around the lap where ERS deployment is crucial, but there are only two heavy braking zones in which to regain energy under braking


Brake wear Low. There are six braking zones around the lap, but only two of them are heavy. Just 15 per cent of the lap is spent braking


Gear changes 42 per lap/2,982 per race






Circuit facts

History lesson




There have been two iterations of the Interlagos circuit. When it first hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1973, it was a 7.960km/4.946-mile roller-coaster ride around the side of the natural bowl in which the track is located.



It was shortened and modernised following a $15 million injection in the late ’80s and the current layout has staged the Brazilian Grand Prix every year since 1990.




What makes it unique



Bumps. The track was built on marshland between two lakes, hence the name ‘Interlagos’, and its soft foundations mean bumps appear over time.



The track was re-surfaced two years ago, but the new surface is already becoming increasingly bumpy.




Grip levels



High. The cars immediately circulated close to lap record pace when the new asphalt was laid two years ago and grip levels improve over time when small cracks appear in the surface. The drivers are expecting good levels of grip this weekend.




Run-off



Medium. The proximity of surrounding roads and houses means it hasn’t been possible to push back the barriers as far as might be conventional at a new circuit. But there’s ample run-off at the fastest points on the lap – on the approaches to Turns One and Four.




Watch out for…



Changeable weather conditions. Should it rain, the undulating nature of the circuit means rivers form very quickly at various points around the lap. The depth of water is particularly bad at the exit of Turn Three, where lots of cars have spun off in the past.






The drivers on: the circuit
 


#14 Fernando Alonso



“I think every racing driver enjoys racing at Interlagos. It’s obviously a special place, and we saw at the last race just how important it is to have packed grandstands full of passionate fans – and Brazil is no different.



For such a short lap, the track has a great flow – from the moment you cross the start-finish line, you plunge into the esses and then sweep down into the bottom of the venue’s natural bowl.



Even with a couple of hairpins, it doesn’t really feel like any of the corners interrupt the flow around here, which means that, at the end of each lap, you’re already fully committed to attacking it again. I love this place.”




 
#22 Jenson Button



“The Interlagos circuit has a bit of – how can I put it? – ‘muscle’. It’s a place that you really attack – and it’s really enjoyable, particularly when the front-end is properly nailed.



A corner like Ferradura is really satisfying when you get it right; you really commit at the corner entry, barely scrubbing off any speed, and then sort of guide the car through until it rolls out of the second apex up onto the apex kerb.



It’s great. Even the hairpins require a really attacking style, you can take lots of kerb, and there’s no run-off at the exits. It’s how a racetrack should be, really.”







 
Event stats

Start time 14:00hrs local/16:00hrs GMT



Race distance 71 laps (full world championship points will be awarded after 75 per cent distance/53 laps)



Safety Car likelihood High. This race is often incident-filled and, statistically, there’s a 70 per cent chance of a Safety Car



When to press record The drivers’ parade. There’s a lot of passion for F1 in Brazil and the fans are generous in their support of drivers of all nationalities. However, this is Brazilian Felipe Massa’s final home grand prix, so expect him to be the focus of attention



Don’t put the kettle on…Pirelli brought their Soft and Medium tyre compounds to the race in 2015 and the top three drivers made three pitstops. Race winner Nico Rosberg pitted on laps seven, 26 and 50; how will the addition of the Hard tyre affect pitstop strategy this year?


Weather conditions NOW 26 degrees and rain RACE FORECAST 25 degrees, with the potential for more rain



Tyre choices Soft/Medium/Hard, a combination that was last used at Suzuka in Japan




Event facts



First Brazilian Grand Prix 1973.

Official slogan    The race has no official slogan.





Brazil's F1 heritage


There have been 30 Brazilian F1 drivers, including three multiple world champions – Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. It was the popularity of Fittipaldi, who won his first world title in 1972, that was the driving force behind the inaugural Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in 1973. The race has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar ever since.




Smallest winning margin



0.588s, in 2002. The third race of the season, but the first at which Ferrari took its 2002-spec car. Michael Schumacher and pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya collided at the start, handing Schumacher the lead. The German then surprised the field by one-stopping and there was nothing brother Ralf, who two-stopped, could do to pass him in the closing laps.





Sporting legacy



Football is the most ubiquitous sport in Brazil and the country has hosted the World Cup twice, most recently in 2014.



But its presence on the international sporting stage was cemented last summer at the Rio Olympics, where Brazil finished 13th in the medals table.


However, it was with some sadness that we learnt the Jacarepaguá circuit, home to the Brazilian Grand Prix on 10 occasions, was built on to house the Olympic village.



Did you know?



For five consecutive years, from 2005-’09 inclusive, the drivers’ world title was decided at the Brazilian Grand Prix. If Nico Rosberg wins this year’s race, the same will be true in 2016.




Don’t forget



McLaren has taken 12 victories at the Brazilian Grand Prix.




Fan zone



Connie, aged 37, from Toronto, asks
: “How does the anti-clockwise direction of Interlagos affect the drivers?”


McLaren’s answer: “It places the muscles on the left side of the neck under extreme stress, although the effects will be felt less in 2016 because there are several anti-clockwise tracks on the calendar. T



he Circuit of The Americas, two races ago, was a left-handed track and will have helped to condition the neck muscles.


 Having said that, the high-G left-hand sweep towards the start-finish line at Interlagos presents a unique challenge for which the drivers will have to train specifically.”





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