25 - 27 November 2011
Venue: Interlagos, São Paulo
Circuit Length: 4.309 Km
Lap Record: 1:11.473 = 217.038 km/h J. Montoya (Williams) 2004
Tle last race of a gruelling season… the 29th at Interlagos… and the 858th in World Championship history.
It’s the shortest permanent circuit on the calendar, and the highest at 800m above sea level (with a 10% loss of engine power because of the drop in air density).
“It’s rare for there to be a straightforward race at Interlagos,” says Lewis Hamilton – remember Nico Hülkenberg’s pole in 2010!
It’s the scene of Williams’ last win, back in `04: could it also be the stage for Williams man Rubens Barrichello’s last race?
Pirelli will give the drivers two supplementary sets of a new Hard compound for Friday, while they will race on P Zero Whites (Medium) and a new P Zero Yellow (Soft).
It’s the fifth anti-clockwise track of the season – can you name the other four?
(Full marks if you said Istanbul, Singapore, Korea and Abu Dhabi!)
Nico Hülkenberg (Williams) 1:14.470 = 208.304 km/h
1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault)
3rd: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1:13.851 = 210.049 km/h
His full record at São Paulo:
2002 (Minardi) Q 20 / R 11
2003 (Jaguar) Q 3 / R 9
2004 (Jaguar) Q 12 / R dnf
2005 (Williams) Q 14 / R dnf
2006 (Williams) Q 11 / R dnf
2007 (Red Bull) Q 5 / R dnf
2008 (Red Bull) Q 12 / R 9
2009 (Red Bull) Q 2 / R 1
2010 (Red Bull) Q 3 / R 2