Interlagos 431

Interlagos

Opened in May 1940, the original Interlagos was a magnificent facility with a first corner as testing as any in Grand Prix racing.

Opened in May 1940, the original Interlagos was a magnificent facility with a first corner as testing as any in Grand Prix racing. The anticlockwise track followed a tortuous course, winding back on itself in a natural bowl set among the smog-filled suburbs of São Paulo. It was added to the World Championship calendar in 1972 and local hero Emerson Fittipaldi won that year and the next in front of his fervent support. Carlos Pace – after whom the circuit is now named – scored his only GP victory here in 1975. The race moved to Rio de Janeiro during the 1980s and when it returned in 1990, it was held on a reduced but still demanding configuration. The downhill Senna "S" had replaced the first corner, and two more link roads reduced the length from 4.946 to 2.687 miles. This was Ayrton Senna country, and when he spun out of the 1994 race, the disappointed crowd filed home. Rubens Barrichello, who grew up within sight of the circuit, was never able to win his home race but Felipe Massa was successful in 2006 and 2008 – almost snatching an unlikely world title that latter day. In the event, Lewis Hamilton clinched that championship on the last lap. Fernando Alonso (2005, ’06), Kimi Räikkönen (2007), Jenson Button (2009) and Sebastian Vettel (2012) have also clinched the World Championship at Interlagos. With cramped paddock and facilities that would not be acceptable at more recent additions, the anticlockwise direction, extreme weather conditions and bumpy track are a stern test for driver and car alike.

Grand Prix Circuit

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.677 (Miles)

Change

New circuit built using sections of the old circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Benz F1 W09 EQ Power+), 1m10.540, 136.621 mph, F1, 2018

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W09 EQ Power+), 1m07.281, 143.239 mph, F1, 2018

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.893 (Miles)

Change

First corner tightened

Fastest Race Lap

Rene Arnoux (Renault RE20), 2m27.311, 119.576 mph, F1, 1980

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault RE20), 2m21.40, 124.575 mph, F1, 1980

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.946 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11-Ford), 2m28.76, 119.694 mph, F1, 1979

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jacques Laffite (Ligier JS11-Ford), 2m23.07, 124.454 mph, F1, 1979

National Circuit

2004 - 2006

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.139 (Miles)

Latest Races

3,420

Championships

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19,439

Results

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25,316

Drivers

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14,566

Teams

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922

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