Brazilian Grand-Prix, Interlagos facts and notes

Brazilian Grand-Prix, Interlagos facts and notes

06.11.2016: Circuit notes T1: A tricky downhill turn at the end of a long straight, the

Brazilian GP, Interlago Circuit notes







T1: A tricky downhill turn at the end of a long straight, the nature of the first corner makes it easy for drivers to out-brake themselves. Turn 1 is the hardest stop of the circuit as the cars arrive at over 330kph and drop to just 110kph on entry.


 
T2: It’s important to get a good exit from Turn 1; carrying the momentum on through Turn 2 into the high speed Turn 3 and subsequently to the first DRS straight.
 


T4: The first DRS zone along the back straight presents a good overtaking opportunity heading into Turn 4, which along with Turns 5, 6 and 7 is quite high speed before entering in to the lower speed Turn 8. From T2 to the entry for T6 the driver is at full throttle for 17 secs, with just a dab on the brakes through Turn 4.

The MGU-K can recover energy through the short corners, notably Turn 1, 8 and 10.
 



T8: Flat kerbs through the low speed Turns 8 and 10 allow drivers a degree of freedom in their apex point.


 
T12: Turn 12 is crucial for a quick lap, with exit speed defining how fast you can charge up the hill and along the start / finish straight. The ICE will be straining on the edge of its power as the elevation change is just shy of 40m from the exit of Turn 12 to the braking point of Turn 1.
 


Start-finish: A second DRS zone – running for 500m along the start/finish straight – boosts what is already a good spot for overtaking.
 
 



Power Unit notes



Interlagos sits in the upper bracket for ICE difficulty. The circuit may be short, but the long, uphill pit straight takes up a considerable percentage of the lap. The driver will be at full pedal travel for around 15secs, around 25% distance, or 20% of the overall lap time.
 


Interlagos sits 800m above sea level. Until the Mexican GP it was the highest race of the year by a long way, but now seems low by comparison to the giddy heights of Mexico City!



The turbo will be spinning at a much higher speed to generate the same power as a sea level event, rotating at very close to its maximum. But, having worked reliably at the 2,200m Mexican GP, Interlagos is no longer the sternest test of the year.
 


Due to the long periods of full throttle, the MGU-H has ample opportunity to recover lost exhaust energy. However, energy recovery is not necessarily critical as fuel consumption is relatively low due to the high altitude and lower air density.
 




Tyre choice

 


Hard: L
ike the Brazilian soft drink made from the Guaraná fruit - whose seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds – the hard compound should allow drivers to keep going on, and on, and on.


 
Medium:
Like Caipirinha, the medium compound is expected to be a stable diet for many over the course of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.
 

Soft:
Like Açaí Juice, the soft tyre should have magical qualities around Interlagos circuit, allowing for great energy deployment. 
 
 


Memory Lane



The Brazilian Grand Prix always seems to provide thrilling races. A mix of unpredictable and sudden weather changes as well as its relatively high altitude makes it one of the more dramatic races on the Formula 1 calendar.


 
There was no exception to the drama in the 1980 race where Renault, in their third year of being on the grid, took their second Formula 1 win.


French driver Jean-Pierre Jabouille qualified on pole with teammate and compatriot Rene Arnoux in P6 for the race with the high altitude playing into the hands of Renault’s turbocharged duo as the less-dense air affected the power outputs of their rival’s naturally aspirated engines far more.


 
The pair led for most of the race, but a turbo failure for the pole-sitter on lap 25 left Arnoux clear to storm home for his maiden F1 victory and Renault’s second as a team. Arnoux was particularly lucky however, as he ran out of fuel and had to stop on his slowing-down lap!




 
Quirky facts




Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world with a population of 209.5 million people.
 



In 1959, Cacareco, a five year old female rhinoceros, stood as a candidate in the Sao Paolo council elections. And not only did she win, she still has one of the highest number of votes for a local candidate in Brazil, amassing 100,000 votes, 15% of the total. She died in 1962, but has left a strong legacy in Brazil.
 


The Estadio Milton Correa, a 10,000 seat football stadium, has its halfway line exactly on the equator meaning each team has to defend a hemisphere. The ground is also known as “Zero” (zero latitude), and was formerly named after the late great Aryton Senna.
 


A small prison in the state of Minas Gerais allows prisoners to pedal on stationary bicycles to generate electricity for the local city. And in return inmates are given reduced sentences for their hard work.




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