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Flag of Brazil.svg Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Race information
Laps 71
Circuit length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Race length 305.909 km (190.067 mi)
Number of times held 38
First held 1972
Most wins (drivers) France Alain Prost (6)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom McLaren (11)
Last race (2009):
Pole position Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Brawn
1:19.576
Podium 1. Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
1:32:23.081
2. Poland Robert Kubica
BMW Sauber
+7.626
3. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
+18.944
Fastest lap Australia Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
1:13.733

The Brazilian Grand Prix (Portuguese: Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a Formula One championship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos, a district in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

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History

A Brazilian Grand Prix was first held at Interlagos in 1972, although it was not part of the Formula One World Championship. The following year, however, the race was first included in the official calendar. In 1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, briefly returning to Interlagos for the next two seasons before becoming the sole host from 1981 onwards. In 1990 the Grand Prix returned to Interlagos, where it has stayed since. In 2005, for the first time, the Brazilian GP decided the World Championship, won by Fernando Alonso. On November 2 2008, Felipe Massa became the latest home winner of the Brazilian GP, his victory in the last race of the 2008 season was still not enough to secure the championship as he lost to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

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. Along with Spa-Francorchamps, it is rare in that the circuit in its modern form is one of the few with a lengthy history in the sport not considered to have lost much of its mystique or challenge in its adaptation for the modern, much more safety-conscious era of 21st century Formula One.

Particularly memorable recent Brazilian Grands Prix include the 2003 race, which saw a maiden Grand Prix victory, highly unexpectedly, and amidst chaotic and unusual circumstances, for Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella. Heavy rain before and during the race produced problems with tyre selection which caught out many teams, which allowed the weak Minardi team to have a real chance for victory the only time ever, because they were the only team who prepared to the rainfall, but their drivers were also soon out. And treacherous track conditions caused multiple drivers to spin out of the race, including then-reigning World Champion Michael Schumacher, ending a remarkable run of race finishes dating back to the German Grand Prix 2001. Amidst this, a number of drivers, including McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard, led the race, and, when a heavy accident involving Renault's Fernando Alonso blocked the circuit and brought out the red flag, confusion reigned. Fisichella led the race at the time, having just overtaken Räikkönen; however, it was the Finn who was declared the race winner under the count back rule, which stipulates that the race result in such circumstances is taken from the running order two laps prior to the race being stopped. This decision was overturned days later in the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris after new evidence came to light which proved that Fisichella had crossed the finish line in the lead for a second time before Alonso's accident, and therefore was the rightful winner.

The 2001 Grand Prix was notable for marking the explosive arrival of Juan Pablo Montoya onto the Formula One scene. The Colombian driver stunningly muscled his way past Michael Schumacher early on and led easily until an incident in which Arrows' Jos Verstappen ran into the back of his Williams-BMW and ended his race. Montoya did eventually lay to rest the ghost of this event by winning the 2004 race in his final Grand Prix for Williams before moving to McLaren, holding off his future team-mate Kimi Räikkönen to take a hard-fought victory. This edition of the race is also notable for hosting the first time brothers, Michael Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher, shared Row One

Autódromo José Carlos Pace, the venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso became the youngest ever Formula One World Champion at the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix, his third place behind winner Juan Pablo Montoya and championship rival Kimi Räikkönen enough to clinch the title with two races remaining.

For 2006 the Brazilian Grand Prix, as in 2004, was moved to the prestigious position of hosting the final round of the season, in what was Michael Schumacher's farewell to Formula One. Starting from 10th position on the grid, Schumacher did an astonishing job on his last race. He fell to 19th position on the ninth lap due to a flat tyre caused by a minor collision with Giancarlo Fisichella when the former was trying to overturn the latter. After pitting for a new tyre he returned to the race, just in front of leader Massa, so almost being overlapped, passing several drivers to take the chequered flag in fourth place, after a dazzling passing manoeuvre on Kimi Räikkönen. His performance was not enough to give 'Schumi' his eighth trophy, as Fernando Alonso, who needed only one point to become World Champion again, finished in second place. Brazilian Felipe Massa took pole position and led the race from start to finish for the second victory of his career and celebrations from his Brazilian supporters.

In March 2008, the mayor of São Paulo announced that he had signed a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone to continue the holding of the Brazilian Grand Prix. This deal allows the Brazilian race to be on the calendar until 2015. With this, Interlagos is set for major improvements in its pit and paddock facilities.[1]

In the final race of the 2008 season Lewis Hamilton became the youngest world champion in Formula One history at the Brazilian Grand Prix. After adopting a conservative strategy without risks for most of the race to secure at least 5th place, and the title, a late-race rain shower caused unexpected trouble. First, Hamilton was pushed down to 5th place by German Toyota driver Timo Glock who didn't enter the pits for intermediates like most other front runners. With just 3 laps to go, Sebastian Vettel then also overtook the Briton on the track which meant he would end up with equal points to Massa, but with one victory less. While everybody was focussing on the battle between these two (Vettel managed to stay in front in the end), against all expectations both were able to overtake Glock, who had lost all grip with his dry weather tyres, in the very last corner before the finishing straight. This meant that, while the McLaren driver's title rival Felipe Massa won the race in his Ferrari, Hamilton ultimately grabbed the fifth place he needed to become champion. Renault's Fernando Alonso, the previous youngest champion, was second ahead of Massa's team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel.

Winners

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Repeat winners - drivers

Embolded drivers are still competing in the Formula One championship
# Wins Driver Years Won
6 France Alain Prost 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
4 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 1972, 1977, 1978, 1981
Germany Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1973, 1974
Brazil Nelson Piquet 1983, 1986
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1989, 1992
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1991, 1993
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1998, 1999
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2004, 2005
Brazil Felipe Massa 2006, 2008

Repeat winners - constructors

Embolded constructors are still competing in the Formula One championship
Number of wins Constructor Years Won
11 United Kingdom McLaren 1974, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
10 Italy Ferrari 1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008
6 United Kingdom Williams 1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2004
3 United Kingdom Brabham 1972, 1975, 1983
2 United Kingdom Benetton 1994, 1995
France Renault 1980, 1982

By year

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2009 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Interlagos Report
2008 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari Interlagos Report
2007 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Interlagos Report
2006 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari Interlagos Report
2005 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos Report
2004 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW Interlagos Report
2003 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford Interlagos Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Interlagos Report
2001 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos Report
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Interlagos Report
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos Report
1998 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos Report
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Interlagos Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Interlagos Report
1995 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Interlagos Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Interlagos Report
1993 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Interlagos Report
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Interlagos Report
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Interlagos Report
1990 France Alain Prost Ferrari Interlagos Report
1989 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari Jacarepaguá Report
1988 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Jacarepaguá Report
1987 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá Report
1986 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Jacarepaguá Report
1985 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá Report
1984 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá Report
1983 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Jacarepaguá Report
1982 France Alain Prost Renault Jacarepaguá Report
1981 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford Jacarepaguá Report
1980 France René Arnoux Renault Interlagos Report
1979 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Interlagos Report
1978 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Jacarepaguá Report
1977 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Interlagos Report
1976 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari Interlagos Report
1975 Brazil Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford Interlagos Report
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Interlagos Report
1973 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Interlagos Report
1972 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford Interlagos Report

Sponsors

Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil 1999-2004
Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2009-

References

  1. ^ Autosport magazine, 27 March 2008 p.11

External links

Coordinates: 23°42′04″S 46°41′49″W / 23.701°S 46.697°W / -23.701; -46.697


Simple English

Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
File:Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track
Race information
Laps 71
Circuit length 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Race length 305.909 km (190.067 mi)
Number of times held 38
First held 1972, First F1-1973
Most wins (drivers) Alain Prost (6)
Most wins (constructors) McLaren (11)
Last race (2010):
Pole position Nico Hülkenberg
Williams
1:14.470
Podium 1. Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull-Renault
1:33:11.803
2. Mark Webber
Red Bull-Renault
+4.243
3. Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
+6.807
Fastest lap Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:13.851

The Brazilian Grand Prix is a Formula One championship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos, a district in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Contents

History

, the venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix.]] The first Brazilian Grand Prix was first held at Interlagos in 1972. It was not part of the Formula One World Championship. The race in 1973 was the first one included in the official calendar. In 1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro. For 1979 and 1980 the race returning to Interlagos. In 1981 the race returned to Jacarepaguá. Since 1990, the Grand Prix has been run at Interlagos.

Winners

Repeat winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
6 Alain Prost 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
4 Carlos Reutemann 1972, 1977, 1978, 1981
Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002
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

Active drivers are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

Repeat winners (constructors)

Number of wins Constructor Years Won
11 McLaren 1974, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005
10 Ferrari 1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008
6 Williams 1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2004
3 Brabham 1972, 1975, 1983
2 Benetton 1994, 1995
Renault 1980, 1982
Red Bull 2009, 2010

Active constructors are in bold.
Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

By year

Year Driver Constructor Location
2010 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2009 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2007 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2006 Felipe Massa Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2005 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2004 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2003 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2001 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1999 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1998 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1997 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1993 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1990 Alain Prost Ferrari Interlagos 4.3 km circuit
1989 Nigel Mansell Ferrari Jacarepaguá
1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Jacarepaguá
1987 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá
1986 Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Jacarepaguá
1985 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá
1984 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Jacarepaguá
1983 Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Jacarepaguá
1982 Alain Prost Renault Jacarepaguá
1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford Jacarepaguá
1980 René Arnoux Renault Interlagos 8 km circuit
1979 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Interlagos 8 km circuit
1978 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Jacarepaguá
1977 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Interlagos 8 km circuit
1976 Niki Lauda Ferrari Interlagos 8 km circuit
1975 Carlos Pace Brabham-Ford Interlagos 8 km circuit
1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Interlagos 8 km circuit
1973 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Interlagos 8 km circuit
1972 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford Interlagos 8 km circuit

Event that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.

Sponsors

Marlboro 1999-2004
Petrobras 2009-

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Coordinates: 23°42′04″S 46°41′49″W / 23.701°S 46.697°W / -23.701; -46.697


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