Brazilian Grand Prix Preview – HRT F1 Team
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, 71 laps, 4.309km
Madrid, 18th of November 2011
The 2011 Formula 1 World Championship draws to a close in Brazil as the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace stages the 19th and final Grand Prix of the season. HRT F1 Team and its drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Daniel Ricciardo, will be looking to end the season on a positive note to head into the 2012 Championship in high spirits.
The 4.309 km track, situated in Interlagos, is quick and one of a few to run anti-clockwise on the calendar. The bumpy surface and the constant ups and downs mean that the cars and the drivers are put through their paces. The potential unstable weather conditions may also add to the excitement surrounding one of the most popular races on the calendar and last event of the 2011 season.
Pirelli has nominated its PZero medium (prime) and soft (options) for this race.
Vitantonio Liuzzi: “Interlagos is another historical circuit that I love; it’s a real pleasure driving there. Hopefully we won’t face any issues and we can have a good race. If everything goes like Friday and Saturday morning in Abu Dhabi then we can be competitive and fight with our rivals in this last race. We can be positive about the year we’ve had and it would be perfect to cap it off with a good performance in Brazil. Interlagos is a fast circuit with a wonderful atmosphere, it’s a great place to race and I’m looking forward to getting there and enjoying it”.
Daniel Ricciardo: “Brazil will be the last race of the season so my aim is to end things on a high. Interlagos is quite a unique circuit as it is a short and fast lap. Because it is a shot lap you can’t afford to make any mistakes, particularly in qualifying, because it makes a bigger difference. The key for this race is to get a bit of momentum on the first few laps. I’m really looking forward to ending on a good note and I’m going to give it everything I have to make sure that I do. I was at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year and, although I didn’t race, I really enjoyed it; the atmosphere was amazing with people playing drums and blowing horns. It’s like being in a soccer stadium and I’m looking forward to being a part of that”.
Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “We are all looking forward to one of the best races in the calendar and the last one of the season. We have been on a more competitive path for the last Grand Prixs and, despite Abu Dhabi wasn’t as positive as we originally expected, I am confident that in Brazil we can have a good race with our competitors. It would be a nice reward for the team to conclude this very long and tough season, which saw everyone give their all, with a reasonable result and go into the winter break with a good feeling”.