08/11/2018

Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

In Mexico two weeks ago, British driver Lewis Hamilton made history by registering his fifth driver’s World Championship, equalling Juan ‘El Chueco’ Manuel Fangio’s record of championship wins. Despite this achievement, the Mercedes driver didn’t actually win the race outright. Hamilton finished fourth, behind Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claiming first place on the podium in Mexico for the second year in a row!

Despite the race for the Driver’s Championship being over for this year, there are still two more races left on the F1 calendar! With Abu Dhabi hosting the final race of the reason on 25th November, our attention turns to South America, as it’s Brazil’s turn to host the penultimate event. So, as usual, read on as Karting Nation will give you all you need to know about the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.

What Time Does The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix Start?

F1 fans of the UK will be pleased to hear that the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix will start at 13:00 GMT on Sunday 11th November, so if you’re looking forward to a Sunday morning lie in, you can certainly do just that – guilt free!

But of course that’s not all of the racing action over the course of the weekend! You can catch the all-important qualifying race which takes place on Saturday 10th November at 17:00 GMT. You’ll even be able to catch the practice rounds which begin on Friday 9th November at 13:00 GMT, with practice 2 starting at 17:00 GMT later that day and finally, practice 3 begins at 14:00 GMT on Saturday 10th November.

History of the Brazilian Grand Prix

There have been a number of legendary Brazilian F1 drivers over the years, so it’s not surprising that the Brazilian Grand Prix has a rich and deep history, with the first race taking place in 1972. Since then, the race has been featured every year up until today, as the 2018 edition marks the 47th Brazilian Grand Prix.

Throughout it’s 46 year history, the Brazilian Grand Prix has been held at two different sites – Interlagos in São Paulo and Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro. Having started off at Interlagos in 1972, the initial track for the Brazilian Grand Prix was located in the heart of the favelas of São Paulo, and organisers were put off by this fact – it would go on to damage the glamorous image that the sport was attempting to promote. The circuit was also rather rough and bumpy, and this took its toll on both the cars and the drivers. The event was subsequently moved to the more glamorous city of Rio de Janeiro in 1978. However, this was again seen to be problematic. A number of drivers suffered exhaustion due to the heat in Rio – something which is uncommon in F1. The Jacarepaguá track in Rio was historic nonetheless, as it witnessed a young Ayrton Senna mount an unbelievable comeback in his McLaren to second place from the pit-lane back in 1988. The Rio track also saw French legend Alain Prost win four times on this circuit, being dubbed the ‘King of Rio’.

1990 saw the event return to a much improved Interlagos track, which has a total length of 306km (190 mi) and a total of 71 laps overall. The notoriously hard track features many difficult left-then-right turns at different angles, radius’, lengths, inclinations and shapes. Alain Prost tops the repeat winners statistics, with a total of six wins overall. Behind him with four wins each are Argentina’s Carlos Reutemann and Germany’s Michael Schumacher. The only current racer to have won this event repeatedly is Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with three wins – can he make it four this weekend?

Who Won The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix?

One of of Sebastian Vettel’s Brazilian Grand Prix wins was in fact last year. The German driver came from second on the grid with a time of 1:31:26.262 to beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (+2.762) to top spot on the podium at Interlagos. Fellow countryman Kimi Räikkönen managed to get onto the podium in third place with a time of +4.600.

Lewis Hamilton had an incredible drive at the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix. Starting from the pit lane – due to failing to set a time in the qualifying rounds, as well as changing gearbox and power unit – he managed to finish the race in fourth position, narrowly missing out on the podium. It wasn’t to matter, though, as he’d already won the Driver’s Championship by this point.

Who Is Likely To Win The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix?

From the current crop of drivers, it’s Sebastian Vettel who has won this event – three times. Statistics show that he is most likely to win it again this year. However, it’s best not to rule out current world champion Lewis Hamilton or Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen, who is having somewhat of a resurgence so far this season.

McLaren are the team to have had the most wins at the Brazilian Grand Prix over the years, with a total amount of 12 overall, however it is unlikely to see them even make the winners podium, due to their poor recent form as of late. Behind them, with 11 wins, is Ferrari – will they equal McLaren’s record here in Brazil?

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve found out everything you need to know about the Brazilian Grand Prix, all that’s left is to tune into the action from this Friday, 9th November. As we always say here at Karting Nation, it’s sure to be an eventful race, and we can’t wait for the action on the circuit to commence! Be sure to catch the main event this Sunday at 13:00 GMT, and keep an eye out for our preview of the final race of the season, the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is due to take place on 25th November.

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Formula One |

Leave a Reply