At 750 metres above sea level, Interlagos sits higher than other contemporary F1 venues and its thinner atmosphere has a stifling effect on power output – although no engine manufacturer is particularly disadvantaged, because they all face the same problem. With more and more new circuits appearing on the calendar, Interlagos stands out – like Spa, Monza, Silverstone and Suzuka – as an illustration of how the sport used to be. There are no frills here, just a terrific, anti-clockwise racetrack and boundless atmosphere from one of the most passionate crowds anywhere in sport.
Sam Michael, Technical Director
The Brazilian Grand Prix has provided some excellent racing in both wet and dry conditions over the last few years. The track at Interlagos is such a great circuit. It’s high downforce, but aerodynamic efficiency is important for the straights. Our target for the race is very clear; to qualify both cars in the top ten and to improve our position in the constructors’ championship.
This is my favourite race: I love the city, the people and the attitude of the fans. I just love being there, but it goes by too quickly! The track has a great layout. In my opinion, the double right hander of Turns 6 and 7 is one of the best corners in the world. There are places to overtake around Interlagos, while there’s always a chance of rain to make things interesting. Achieving a good set-up and qualifying result is important, but it’s not always easy to set the car up – you need strong traction and balance. The Williams tends to suit Brazil, and I have a new engine for this race, so we shall see. From the messages I’ve been receiving, I know that the fans want the team to do well this weekend and we’ll be pushing hard to deliver.
I haven’t been to Brazil before, but I’m definitely looking forward to going there as everyone says how cool it is. Interlagos is another new circuit for me, and one of the few tracks on the calendar that runs anti-clockwise. The track itself looks challenging but interesting. I’m particularly looking forward to driving the Senna S, as well as Turns 6 and 7; the fast, double right hander. After Korea, I can’t wait to get back into the FW32 and go racing again. We’ll be looking to get more points at this race.