F1 begins its last two racing weeks of the 2022 season, with a penultimate round at Interlagos. The Carlos Pace circuit indeed hosts the Brazilian Grand Prix, the 21st race of the year.
Although there is no longer any sporting issue in terms of awarding titles, we can finally start a Grand Prix without the case of Red Bull’s budget ceiling being exceeded being the main subject of discussion.
We can thus hope for a weekend focused more on sport, but also more relaxed on the track, the stakes being lower. The Interlagos circuit could help this animation, as could the unstable weather in Brazil this season.
The plot in detail
Famous for its unpredictable weather, twisty, tight infield and ability to put on a jaw-dropping spectacle in title races, Interlagos is a legendary circuit on the F1 calendar.
Among the fifteen corners, the most famous are the first two whose name pays homage to the great Ayrton Senna. Competitors travel it counter-clockwise, dipping into the ‘S’ of Senna which leads to the Reta Oposta straight where DRS can be used.
The second sector is very rhythmic and technical before the track climbs up the hill to skirt a bustling grandstand.
Turn 1 – A difficult banked turn at the end of a long straight. Its topology makes it tricky, especially since the drivers do their biggest braking here: from 330 to just 110 km/h.
Turn 2 – It is important to get out of turn 1 well to maintain the rhythm in turn 2, the very fast turn 3 and finally the first zone of activation of the DRS.
Turn 4 – The first zone of DRS activation provides an overtaking opportunity before a fairly fast turn.
Turns 5/6/7 – These fast corners, especially Turn 6 and Turn 7, are a real test for the tires on the left side. This is followed by turn 8, which is slower. From turn 2 to the entrance to turn 6, the competitors accelerate for seventeen seconds and only touch the brakes at turn 4.
The MGU-K recovers energy in the braking zones, especially in this intermediate sector.
Turn 8 – The flat curbs in turns 8 and 10 leave enough freedom to find the best string in those slow turns.
Turn 12 – Crucial for a fast lap as exit speed conditions hill entry and pit straight. The internal combustion engine will be pushed to its limits with a 40 meter drop between the exit of Turn 12 and the braking point of Turn 1.
Pit straight – The second DRS activation zone extends 500 meters here to provide even more overtaking opportunities.
Undefeated since the Singapore Grand Prix and winner of eight of the last nine races, Max Verstappen will obviously be the favorite for this Grand Prix. Winner in 2019, he was also very comfortable there in 2018 and 2021.
Last year, Lewis Hamilton was able to beat him thanks to a new engine and after a fierce battle between the two men, sometimes beyond the limit of reason. For the Mercedes F1 driver, contemplating victory will be almost impossible.
On the other hand, we could potentially see confirmation that Mercedes has returned to the level of Ferrari, or even slightly ahead. Behind, the battle between Alpine F1 and McLaren will continue to rage for fourth place in the championship.
Brazilian Grand Prix timetable
For the last time this season, F1 is heading to the Americas, with evening times for European spectators. They will however be less late than those of the GP of the United States and Mexico.
– Friday, November 11
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free Practice 1
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Qualifying
– Saturday November 12
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free practice 2
8:30-9:00 p.m.: Sprint
– Sunday November 13
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: Race
The winners of the Brazilian Grand Prix
|2019||Interlagos||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Honda|
|2013||Interlagos||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||Renault|
|2011||Interlagos||Mark Webber||Red Bull||Renault|
|2010||Interlagos||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||Renault|
|2009||Interlagos||Mark Webber||Red Bull||Renault|
|2005||Interlagos||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren||mercedes|
|2004||Interlagos||Juan Pablo Montoya||williams||BMW|
|nineteen eighty one||Jacarepagua||Carlos Reutemann||williams||Ford|
|1975||Interlagos||Jose Carlos Pace||Brabham||Ford|