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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix - Stats & Facts

Written by  Nov 08, 2017

A Brazilian Grand Prix was first held in 1972 at Interlagos, although it was not part of the Formula One World Championship. Typical of European motorsports at the time, this race was done as a test to convince the FIA if the Interlagos circuit and its organizers could capably hold a Grand Prix.

The following year, however, the race was first included in the official calendar, and it was won by defending world champion and São Paulo native Emerson Fittipaldi.

In 1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro.

After the emergence in 1980 of Rio de Janeiro racer Nelson Piquet and the retirement of Fittipaldi, Brazilian fans lobbied to host the Brazilian GP in Piquet's home town.

The flat Jacarepaguá circuit, like Interlagos before it, proved to be extremely demanding.

São Paulo native Ayrton Senna's success thus far in Formula One had city officials working hard to revamp the Interlagos circuit in a $15 million investment to shorten and smooth over the circuit.

In 1990 the Grand Prix returned to a shortened Interlagos, where it has stayed since. The Interlagos circuit has created some of the most exciting and memorable races in recent Formula One history, and is regarded as one of the most challenging and exciting circuits on the F1 calendar.

Brazilian Prix, Round 19 of the 2017 Formula 1 season

Circuit Name: Autódromo José Carlos Pace

Race Laps: 71

Circuit Length: 4.309 km (2.677 mi)

Race Length: 305.909 km (190.067 mi)

Number of corners: 15 (10 Left, 5 Right)

Circuit Direction: Anti Clockwise

Pole Position 2016: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 1:10.736

Distance from pole to T1 apex:  334.5 m

Pole position side: Right

Pit lane length under speed limit control: 387.1 m

Drive-through time at 80 km/h: 17.419 s

Lap time at full throttle: 55%

Lap distance at full throttle: 68%

Gear changes per lap: 44

Braking events (>2G): 6

Heavy braking events (<0.4s @ >4G): 2

Fuel consumption: Low

Maximum lateral G-force: 3.9 G (T6)

Maximum speed: 341.0 km/h

Track evolution (P1 – Qualifying): Low

DRS zone: T3-4 / T15-1

Key overtaking opportunities: T1, T4

Race lap record: 1:11.473 (MON, 2004)

 Absolute lap record: 1:09.822 (BAR, 1st Quali, 2004)

Autódromo José Carlos Pace

 

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Pirelli used compounds

Tyres that must be available (one of them to be used) at some point in the race:

One set of P Zero White Medium

One set of P Zero Yellow soft

Tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:                     

One set of P Zero Red Super-Soft

Teams/Drivers compounds choice

Driver

Medium

Soft

Super-Soft

Lewis Hamilton

1

4

8

Valtteri Bottas

1

4

8

Daniel Ricciardo

1

4

8

Max Verstappen

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel

1

3

9

Kimi Raikkonen

1

3

9

Sergio Perez

1

4

8

Esteban Ocon

1

4

8

Lance Stroll

1

2

10

Felipe Massa

1

2

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

1

3

9

Fernando Alonso

1

3

9

Pierre Gasly

1

4

8

Brendon Hartley

1

4

8

Romain Grosjean

1

4

8

Kevin Magnussen

1

4

8

Nico Hulkenberg

1

2

10

Carlos Sainz

1

2

10

Marcus Ericsson

1

3

9

Pascal Wehrlein

1

3

9

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW:

The track was resurfaced relatively recently, which ironed out some of the famous Interlagos bumps.

The second-shortest lap of the season (after Monaco) means cars are not only nearly always turning, but also going off-line to overtake.

The track runs anti-clockwise, with the right-rear tyre doing the most work in Brazil.

The rapid series of corners and high-energy loads put quite high demands on tyres.

Tyres are also frequently subjected to combined lateral and longitudinal forces.

Unusually, Lewis Hamilton won last year in rainy conditions without making a racing pit stop, although he did take a fresh set of wets under a red flag.

In 2015, the top three stopped three times

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

"As we saw at the last round in Mexico as well, for Brazil we are again bringing a softer tyre nomination than last year – when the hard was selected – so this is likely to lead to some of the fastest-ever laps of Interlagos this weekend. With a short lap, plus plenty of pit stops and overtaking, as well as a passionate Brazilian crowd and the potential for

extremes of weather, this is normally a frenetic race where the strategic timing of stops is very important to try and minimise the effects of traffic. While we’ve gone a step softer this year, no driver has selected more than one set of the mediums, which means that the weekend will be centred around the soft and supersoft compounds."

INTERLAGOS MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

22.5 psi (front) | 20.0 psi (rear)

EOS CAMBER LIMIT

-3.25° (front) | -2.00° (rear)

 

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Brazilian Grand Prix Winners 1973 – 2016

Year

Driver

Constructor

Location

2016

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Interlagos

2015

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2014

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

2013

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2012

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

2011

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

2010

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2009

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

2008

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2007

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

2006

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2005

Juan Pablo Montoya

McLaren-Mercedes

2004

Juan Pablo Montoya

Williams-BMW

2003

Giancarlo Fisichella

Jordan-Ford

2002

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

2001

David Coulthard

McLaren-Mercedes

2000

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

1999

Mika Häkkinen

McLaren-Mercedes

1998

Mika Häkkinen

McLaren-Mercedes

1997

Jacques Villeneuve

Williams-Renault

1996

Damon Hill

Williams-Renault

1995

Michael Schumacher

Benetton-Renault

1994

Michael Schumacher

Benetton-Ford

1993

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Ford

1992

Nigel Mansell

Williams-Renault

1991

Ayrton Senna

McLaren-Honda

1990

Alain Prost

Ferrari

1989

Nigel Mansell

Ferrari

Jacarepaguá

1988

Alain Prost

McLaren-Honda

1987

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1986

Nelson Piquet

Williams-Honda

1985

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1984

Alain Prost

McLaren-TAG

1983

Nelson Piquet

Brabham-BMW

1982

Alain Prost

Renault

1981

Carlos Reutemann

Williams-Ford

1980

René Arnoux

Renault

Interlagos

1979

Jacques Laffite

Ligier-Ford

1978

Carlos Reutemann

Ferrari

Jacarepaguá

1977

Carlos Reutemann

Ferrari

Interlagos

1976

Niki Lauda

Ferrari

1975

Carlos Pace

Brabham-Ford

1974

Emerson Fittipaldi

McLaren-Ford

1973

Emerson Fittipaldi

Lotus-Ford

 

Multiple Winners (Drivers)

# Wins

Driver

Years Won

6

Alain Prost

1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990

4

Michael Schumacher

1994, 1995, 2000, 2002

3

Carlos Reutemann

1977, 1978, 1981

2

Emerson Fittipaldi

1973, 1974

Nelson Piquet

1983, 1986

Nigel Mansell

1989, 1992

Ayrton Senna

1991, 1993

Mika Häkkinen

1998, 1999

Juan Pablo Montoya

2004, 2005

Felipe Massa

2006, 2008

Mark Webber

2009, 2011

Sebastian Vettel

2010, 2013

Nico Rosberg

2014, 2015

 

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Multiple Winners (Constructors)

# of wins

Constructor

Years Won

12

McLaren

1974, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2012

10

Ferrari

1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008

6

Williams

1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2004

4

Red Bull

2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

3

Mercedes

2014, 2015, 2016

2

Brabham

1975, 1983

Benetton

1994, 1995

Renault

1980, 1982

 

Numbers and Facts

Most wins (driver) 6, Alain Prost 1982 – 84 – 85 – 87 – 88 – 90 (Here most wins is 4 by Michael Schumacher)

Most wins (constructor) 12, McLaren 1974 – 84 – 85 – 87 – 88 – 91 – 93 – 98 – 99 – 2001 – 05 – 12 (Here McLaren and Ferrari with 8 wins)

Wins from pole position 14, 1974 – 79 – 82 – 91 – 92 – 97 – 98 – 99 – 2006 – 08 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16

Lowest grid for past winner 8, 2003 – Giancarlo Fisichella for Jordan

Most recent 1-2 finish 2016 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton – Nico Rosberg

Most emphatic win (here) 1 lap, 1994 – Michael Schumacher-Damon Hill

Closest winning margin 0.588s, 2002 – Michael Schumacher-Ralf Schumacher

Rain-affected races 10, 1974 – 81 – 91 – 93 – 96 – 2001 – 03 – 08 – 12 – 16

Safety Car-affected races 10, 1993 – 2001 – 03 – 05 – 06 – 08 – 09 – 10 – 12 – 16

Red Flag (and result declared) races 2, 1974 – 2003

2-hour rule shortened races 1, 1981

Most podiums (driver) 10m Michael Schumacher 1992 – 1993 – 1994 – 1995 – 1996 – 1998 – 1999 – 2000 – 2001 – 2002

Most podiums (constructor) 31, McLaren (Recent 2012)

Most pole positions (driver) 6, Ayrton Senna 1986 – 88 – 89 – 90 – 91 – 94 (Here 3 – Senna, Hakkinen, Barrichello and Massa)

Most pole positions (constructor) 11, McLaren (Here 9 McLaren)

What Happened last race here?

Lewis Hamilton produced a masterful performance to win a wet, chaotic, crash-strewn Brazilian Grand Prix and take the title fight to the final race.

The victory cut the lead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, to 12 points.

After each restart, Hamilton cruised easily away from Rosberg - building at one stage an 18-second lead in 14 laps before another safety car cut his lead to nothing.

Had Red Bull not gambled on fitting intermediate tyres to Verstappen's car on lap 43, the Dutchman would almost certainly have split the Mercedes drivers.

However, Verstappen's decision backfired. As the rain intensified, it became clear during a subsequent safety car period caused when Felipe Massa crashed on the pit straight on lap 48 that he needed to switch back to the full wets.

That left Verstappen down in 13th place but he set about recovering lost ground with incredible skill and gusto and fought up to pass Force India's Sergio Perez to take third into the fast Mergulho corner with two laps to go.

And it also included an almost unbelievable moment when Verstappen had a half-spin on the straight but recovered the car and got going again without losing second place to Rosberg.

The race started under the safety car, and when it released the field after eight laps, than a crash by Sauber's Marcus Ericsson on the pit straight brought the safety car back out.

Six laps later there was a restart, only for Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari to suffer a frightening-looking crash on the straight just after the start line, prompting race director Charlie Whiting to stop the race for the first time.

Thirty-five minutes later, the race started again under the safety car, only to be stopped again seven laps later when conditions were deemed too dangerous.

After another 25-minute delay, it was restarted, the safety car pulling in after three laps and there were 16 laps of racing before Massa's crash.

That led to another safety car period, this time for seven laps, before the race was restarted and ran to the end.

Perez held on for fourth, less than a second ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who survived a spin earlier in the race out of the last corner.

2016 Race Classification

Pos

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

3:01:01.335

1

2

 Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+11.455

2

3

 Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+21.481

4

4

 Sergio Pérez

Force India-Mercedes

+25.346

9

5

 Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

+26.334

5

6

 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+29.16

15

7

 Nico Hülkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+29.827

8

8

 Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

+30.4861

6

9

 Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

+42.62

21

10

 Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

+44.432

10

11

 Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+45.292

11

12

 Esteban Ocon

MRT-Mercedes

+45.809

22

13

 Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

+51.192

14

14

  Kevin Magnussen

Renault

+51.555

18

15

 Pascal Wehrlein

MRT-Mercedes

+1:00.498

19

16

 Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

+1:21.994

17

Ret

 Esteban Gutiérrez

Haas-Ferrari

Electrical

12

Ret

 Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

Accident

13

Ret

 Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Collision damage

16

Ret

 Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

Accident

3

Ret

 Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

Accident

20

DNS

 Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

Accident

-

 

 

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Did you know?

DRIVERS

Since Lewis Hamilton has been at Mercedes he has taken pole 46 times already, almost 50% of all races he’s started for the team (46/ 93 = 49%)

Hamilton’s win to starts percentage is better than that of Michael Schumacher’s (30.1% compared to 29.7%)

Hamilton has won 30.1% of all GP he’s started (62 wins from 206 starts) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. Here’s how he compares:-

  1. Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. Hamilton 30.1%, 5. M. Schumacher 29.7%, 6. Ja. Stewart 27.2%, 7. Prost 25.6%, 8. A. Senna 25.5%, 9. Moss 24.2% 10. Vettel 23.4% (46/196)

Hamilton is the only driver to have finished in the points in all races so far this season. Hamilton and Esteban Ocon are the only drivers to have finished all races in 2017

Hamilton has now been classified as a finisher in all Grand Prix for over a season. His last DNF came in Japan last year

Sebastian Vettel has not won back-to-back Grand Prix since he won the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. That race ended a 9-race run of victories that started in Belgium,

(BEL, ITA, SIN, KOR, JAP, IND, ABU, USA, BRA)

Vettel in Mexico took his 50th pole position in F1

Vettel has started 13 races so far In 2017 from the front row, the most by any driver and 1 more time than Hamilton

Vettel needs to lead ‘only’ 54 more race laps to equal Ayrton Senna’s career total of 2,987. The all-time most F1 race laps led is 5,111 by Michael Schumacher

Daniel Ricciardo has led just 1 more race lap in his 127 F1 career than has 58 GP ‘veteran’ Max Verstappen (176 – 175)

Verstappen scored his first GP win from a P4 start, his second from P3 and his 3rd from P2. You might be forgiven for waging money when he finally manages to take pole!

Verstappen has competed the least number of race laps by any driver who has competed in all 18 races so far this season (693). The most is Hamilton on 1,069 race laps (out of 1,070)

Kimi Raikkonen’s next win if ever it comes will be the 21st of his F1 career and will also be the most by a Finnish driver in F1. Currently he shares the record of 20 wins by a Finn with Mika Hakkinen. Another career stat he shares is 37 F1 front row appearances with Fernando Alonso 

Raikkonen’s next front row will be the 40th of his F1 career and will beat Mika Hakkinen’s record for the most front row grid positions by a Finnish driver in F1

Sergio Perez needs just 1 more podium to become the top Mexican in terms of F1 podiums. He currently shares the record (7) with Pedro Rodriguez

Brendon Hartley will celebrate his 28th birthday on Free Practice day, Friday 10th November

CONSTRUCTORS

Mercedes in Brazil will be aiming to lockout the front row for the 50th time. The all-time record is 62 and is jointly held by McLaren and Williams.

Mercedes has finished 1-2 here from Pole and P2 grid starts for the past 3 years

Mercedes and Red Bull have each led 95 different F1 Grand Prix

Ferrari has still not scored consecutive pole positions since Fernando Alonso took pole for the Scuderia at the 2012 British and German Grand Prix and has still not scored a consecutive front row lock-out since Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa lock-out the front row for the 2006 US and French Grand Prix

Ferrari’s pole in Mexico meant that Ferrari engines have powered cars to 214 F1 Grand Prix pole positions, 1 more than any other engine manufacturer. Next-best is Renault (213) then Ford (139)

Ferrari last season was the only team to score championship points at all 21 events

Red Bull has achieved a podium result for at least one of their drivers in 112 different F1 Grand Prix

A double-podium in Brazil for Red Bull Racing would be their 149th and 150th in F1

If Red Bull Racing can finish at least 1 car I n the top 10 in Brazil it will be the team’s 200th F1 Grand Prix in the points

The current Williams team traces its origins back to 1977. The team began by running a March for Belgian Patrick Neve who sadly died earlier is year and later in 1978, became a constructor running a single FW06 car for Alan Jones. In 1979 the team expanded to 2 cars with Clay Regazzoni joining Jones. Regazzoni won Williams’s first Grand Prix, at Silversone in 1979 while Jones claimed Williams’s first driver’s and first constructor’s titles in 1980. Frank Williams had made his first forays into F1 in 1969, running a Brabham for Piers Courage. Campaigns with De Tomaso, private March’s, with his own cars and Heskeths latterly in conjunction with Canadian-Austrian entrepreneur Walter Wolf followed but it wasn’t until Williams teamed up with Head in 1977 and started all over again that Williams’s F1 fortunes really took off

McLaren has not led a F1 race lap since Jenson Button led lap 14 of the Hungarian GP in 2014. The team has started 64 GP since

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

Mercedes if they win on Sunday will become the first constructor to win 4 Brazilian Grand Prix in a row. They, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have each won 3 in a row

The race for the past 4 years has been won by the pole position–winning driver

Last year’s race took just over 3 hrs to complete. It is the longest Brazilian Grand Prix in terms of time from start to classified finish in the championship history of the event

 

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Driver’s Championship standing

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

333

2

Sebastian Vettel

277

3

Valtteri Bottas

262

4

Daniel Ricciardo

192

5

Kimi Raikkonen

178

6

Max Verstappen

148

7

Sergio Perez

92

8

Esteban Ocon

83

9

Carlos Sainz

54

10

Lance Stroll

40

11

Felipe Massa

36

12

Nico Hulkenberg

34

13

Romain Grosjean

28

14

Kevin Magnussen

15

15

Stoffel Vandoorne

13

16

Fernando Alonso

11

17

Jolyon Palmer

8

18

Pascal Wehrlein

5

19

Daniil Kvyat

5

20

Marcus Ericsson

0

21

Pierre Gasly

0

22

Antonio Giovinazzi

0

24

Jenson Button

0

24

Paul di Resta

0

 

Constructor’s Championship standing

Pos

Team

Points

1

Mercedes

595

2

Ferrari

455

3

Red Bull Racing-Tag Heuer

340

4

Force India-Mercedes

175

5

Williams-Mercedes

76

6

Toro Rosso-Renault

53

7

Haas-Ferrari

48

8

Renault

47

9

Mclaren-Honda

24

10

Sauber-Ferrari

5

 

Driver’s penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Daniil Kvyat

7

Kevin Magnussen

6

Jolyon Palmer

6

Stoffel Vandoorne

5

Felipe Massa

5

Carlos Sainz

4

Nico Hulkenberg

4

Romain Grosjean

4

Sebastian Vettel

3

Max Verstappen

3

Sergio Perez

3

Kimi Raikkonen

3

Esteban Ocon

2

Pascal Wehrlein

2

Lewis Hamilton

2

Jenson Button

2

Fernando Alonso

2

Marcus Erricson

2

Lance Stroll

1

 

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