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São Paulo, BRazil Circuit Guide
As a nation that goes absolutely mad for its sports, Brazil is another country that takes its love for F1 and racing to a whole new level. As the best place to be for truly epic sports and great levels of enjoyment overall, Brazil can be the place to go if you want to see sports of all levels and sizes being taken as seriously as they possibly can –however, one sport that they truly love in South America is motor racing. With many legends of the sport coming from this part of the world, it’s no surprise that events like the Brazilian GP can draw as much attention as the biggest soccer matches across the nation.
Sao paulo f1
The Brazil Grand Prix has taken place in this circuit since 1973, although in certain years it has alternate with the circuit of Jacarépagua. The venue itself can hold 60,000 people, and has more than 75 years of history having been first introduced in 1938. It took many years to build, though, as it was originally started in 1926 – just before the stock market crash sent the majority of the world into a financial tailspin.
The original name of the circuit literally stands for between lakes, and is used because the neighboring area of Interlagos sits between the Billings and Guarapiranga lakes which were created in the 20th Century to supply water and electricity to the area. Therefore, the track takes its name from the same location. It was re-designed in 1990, and was reduced to a 4.309km race with 15 turns from a 7.960km race with 26 turns. Despite the massive reduction, this made a massive change to the overall development of the project and made sure that you had all the help that you could possibly need.
challenging & high speed circuit
Situated in the Southwest of the city, Interlagos is a complex and technically demanding circuit. It has 15 corners (10 left and 5 right), 2 straights, 2 DRS areas and is one of the few tracks in which pilots drive anti-clockwise. It is also one of the shortest circuits in the Championship calendar with 4,309km and therefore drivers need 71 laps to complete the Grand Prix. The tropical weather of the Brazilian Sao Paulo it’s always an important factor to take into account to face this track as high humidity and temperatures rounding 30ºC can affect both car and driver performance.
Two of the greatest difficulties for the drivers are the continuous changes of slopes with several inclines along the circuit and a pretty bumpy surface which can make the race especially tough on an F1 car. It also has one of the most controversial pit-lanes of the calendar.
The pit road exit runs parallel to the famous "Esses of Senna", the first series of linked curves downhill that follows the finish lane. The drivers leaving the pits are not incorporated into the track until the backstretch, where the activation of the DRS is allowed, so that the reinstatement of those who come from changing tires always bring interesting situations to the race.
The finishing straight is also another interesting point at the Brazilian circuit as cars enter at a high speed, after a couple of fast corners made in full throttle, causing numerous overtakings and looking at the first braking section just after reaching the top speed of 200mph.
hints & tips
Pro racing drivers have created some tips to help you around the Sao Paulo circuit:
Sacrifice turn 1 for the exit of turn 2
Cadence brake through the middle sector to help get the nose of the car into corners
Be cautious of the weight transfer through the middle sector, the rear of the car likes to snatch free!
Maintain a high minimum speed through turn 4 to assist with downforce
Flow through turns 6 & 7 as one corner