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    2018 Brazilian GP [Sao Paulo]





    We are back to the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace; sometimes called the Interlagos circuit. Brazil has hosted F1 grand prix unofficially since 1934 on the 6.9 mile Gavea street circuit of Rio de Janerio. The Interlagos track was built in Sao Paulo in 1936 as a formal autodrome for F1 racing. The first official F1 race was hosted at Interlagos in 1972, some forty two years after the track was built. The Interlagos track was named after the Sao Paulo local Brabham f1 driver Jose Carlos Pace. Another Sao Paulo homeboy and defending world champion at the time, Emerson Fittipaldi won the first race. This race has alternated with Rio de Janeiro venues a number of times in the past.

    F1 returned to the Interlagos track as its permanent Brazilian home in 1990 after the local government of Sao Paulo invested $15 million to improve the track. The track was shortened as part of the revamp. This weekend is the 47th race on this track. Tracks like Baku, Bharain, Singapore etc benefit from this venue proving that F1 is a viable proposition outside Europe.

    Shaped like a foetus of sorts, this track is 4.309KM in length with fifteen corners and two straights. This is a 71 lap race over a race distance of 306.909KM from lights to flag. Interlagos provides the drivers and engineers with many challenges, not least because the track runs in an anti-clockwise direction and is at high altitude. This technically challenging circuit is very bumpy in parts, putting great demands on suspensions. The many corners are a great test of transmissions and make this circuit very tiring for drivers. When it rain here, it is torrential. A downpour that have rivers running down the slopes and across the track in what quickly becomes a very tricky race.

    Alain Prost remains the most successful driver to ever race this track with six wins. Sebastien Vettel is the current most successful driver of this era of drivers with three wins. Hamilton has only won this race once but remains a nostalgic event for him as he won his first F1 driver title narrowly and fortuitously here in 2008. Mclaren also remains the most successful team to win this race with twelve wins and closely followed by Ferrari with 11 wins.

    The fastest lap time ever recorded on this track is by Valtterie Bottas who took pole in 2017 with a time of 1:08:322. Max Verstapenn holds the fastest race lap time at 1:11:044. Sebastien Vettel is the last winner of this track and the favorite to win the race this weekend.

    The constructors championship is still open and available to Ferrari, but Mercedes hold a 55 points lead which may result in the title going back to Petronas Mercedes if Ferrari were to drop the ball. A Vettel win will setup the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi as a grand finale with a monumental last gasp fight for the final few remaining points that would decide the 2018 Constructors world champion.

    The constructors title is a gift of the drivers to all the staff of their team, as the staff of the winning team would enjoy a generous bonus in their xmas sock. Vettel would be keen to reward his team with a consolation prize to buoy morale for next season. Hamilton would be very keen to reward his team for giving him the car to win his fifth drivers world champion. Hence there is much at stake to ensure that this race is a proper competitive event.
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    Shaped like a "foetus" ?
    No .
    Shaped like a curling stone .

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    Wow. Leclerc. Epic lap to get into q3. Can't wait to see him in a Ferrari next year.
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    Hmm. Vettel might be in trouble with his weigh bridge fiasco. Smh
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    Not acceptable what the FIA did there with Seb. If you call a driver to be weighed in they must be prepared to weigh straight away with minimum delay. Can very much understand him being exceptionally irritated there.
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    As to the hamilton sirotkin incident. DiResta debunked any potential issue as both were on an outlap and sirotkin decided on the final corner to try and overtake hamilton for trqck position. As to the kimi one....maybe but kimi lost no time
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    Listen to brundle practically begging for the stewards to investigate hamilton. Lol.
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    I would be surprised if Vettel and Hamilton do not get some sort of pain from the stewards. Hamilton may get the benefit of the doubt, but Vettel is in trouble l think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Knight View Post
    Not acceptable what the FIA did there with Seb. If you call a driver to be weighed in they must be prepared to weigh straight away with minimum delay. Can very much understand him being exceptionally irritated there.
    Apparently, Vettels was suppose to turn the engine off and the car would have been rolled unto the scales which is very delicate. I hear the scale was damaged because he drove onto the scales. Thats why l think he may get a hefty fine and some grid drop at worst. I have heard of drivers being disqualified from races for this sort of thing.
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    Wow what a pole lap from Hamilton. 1.1sec faster than the track pole lap record of 2017. If Vettel get grid drop for the weigh bridge thing, it could be a Mercedes one two tomorrow. I think Kimi is well placed for another win this season with those yellow soft tyre on his car tomorrow.
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