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F1 Brazilian GP: Top 5 crashes at Interlagos

George Howson
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Interlagos is one of the classic venues on the F1 calendar, hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix on and off since the early 1970s. Its steep climbs, fast corners and unusual anti-clockwise layout make it a real challenge for the Formula 1 drivers, and this leads to mistakes and ultimately, crashes.

There have been some huge ones down the years, and here are 5 of the heaviest wrecks in Sao Paulo.

#5 Sutil, Alonso and Trulli, 2009

Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli tangled earlier in the season in Spain.
Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli tangled earlier in the season in Spain.

The start of the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix was an incredibly incident-packed few minutes, and the biggest crash involved three drivers in the midfield.

Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil were battling for fourth position, squeezing each other in the tight section around Turn 5. They collided, Trulli spearing left into the barriers, and Sutil to the right, across the grass and eventually wiping out an innocent Fernando Alonso in the process.

All three drivers were out of the race on the first lap and this would later lead to a hilarious press conference before the next round in Abu Dhabi, where Sutil and Trulli couldn't agree on who was at fault. Classic racing drivers.

#4 Michael Schumacher, 2004

Even the great Michael Schumacher was caught out in Brazil
Even the great Michael Schumacher was caught out in Brazil

Michael Schumacher arrived at Interlagos in 2004 after already being crowned a seven-time world champion much earlier in the season at Budapest. The F2004 and the German were an unstoppable combination, but even the greatest have made mistakes at Brazil's famous circuit.

During practice, Schumacher was heading up to the fast right-hander at Ferradura, but the Ferrari driver misjudged the amount of grip in the corner and lost the back end. Michael was doing the best part of 180mph when he turned in, and even Schumi's lightning reactions couldn't catch the slide before it was too late.

He skidded across the grass and flew into the barriers, the car was a wreck. Thankfully, the Red Baron was unharmed and competed in the race on Sunday, finishing 7th after starting from the back of the grid.

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