The trend of motor racing in Brazil started even before the beginning of the World War II. The pre-WWII races were held on the 6.9 mile long Gavea Street circuit in Rio. The first ever Brazilian GP to be held in 1972 at Interlagos, a circuit inspired by the Roosevelt Raceway in the US, was not actually a part of the World Championship as it was only a way to convince the FIA of the capabilities of the circuit and its organizers to successfully host a Grand Prix.
The Track – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
The circuit Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, located in the city of Sao Paulo, is named after the Brazilian Formula One driver Carlos Pace, who died in a plane crash in 1977. This circuit has been hosting the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix since 1973. It is one of the minorities of the non-oval circuits that run in an anti-clockwise direction. Te circuit underwent a bit of an upgrading in 1979. However, the present design of the circuit has remained so since 1990.
The present day 4.325 km long track, which used to be 7.873 km long, has 15 turns, and its hilly courses provide good features for road cycling races too.
Argentine driver, Carlos Reutemann, won the first ever F1 Brazilian GP in 1972. However, the race was not actually a part of the World Championship.
Drivers from Brazil
The year 2018 is the first time since 1969 that there are no Brazilian drivers on the grid. However, there have been as many as 31 Formula One drivers from Brazil including three World Champions; Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Most successful drivers
Alain Prost, with six victories to his name, tops the list of most wins at the F1 Brazilian GP. The second place for most number of wins is occupied by both Carlos Reutemann and Michael Schumacher, who have four wins each.
Latest from the Brazilian Grand Prix
The upcoming Brazilian GP, which marks the penultimate race of this year’s F1 season, will start an hour earlier than originally planned. Also the FIA insisted that the security must be tighter this season in response to an attack on some of the Mercedes team last year.
The British Driver, Lewis Hamilton, has managed to take a huge leap forward in defending his title after winning at Suzuka pushing him to a 67 point lead from his nearest championship rival, Sebastian Vettel. So the Hamilton vs Vettel title race is far from over as Vettel would be a desperate for a win in the upcoming races.