What we’re saying about the Formula 1™ Grande Prêmio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013 – 22-24 November
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil

19 November 2013

All you need to know >>> Race date 24 November…Laps 71…Circuit length 4.309 km…Race distance 305.909 km…15 corners, 10 left-handers, 5 right…Run in an anti-clockwise direction in common with Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and Austin…Lap record 1:11.473 (JP Montoya – 2004)… Present design of the track dates back to 1990, when the length was reduced from 7,829m to 4,397m…Much like Austin, the circuit is not built on flat terrain and features many steep inclines and bumpy sections, which makes it a real challenge to drive…the low ambient pressure due to the altitude affects the engine power output…Turn 13, a left-hand up-hill kink, marks the start of the long and exhilarating top-speed section of track which demands a lot of power from the cars…The series of left turns from the exit of Junção all the way to Turn 1 into Senna’s S is typically taken at full throttle and treated as a long straight – one of the longest full-throttle stretches on the Formula 1 calendar…Tyre nomination Pirelli PZero Orange Hard and White Medium, same as Austin…

The Marussia F1 Team are on their way from Texas to South America for the ‘Last Samba’ of the season – the Brazilian Grand Prix. The race takes place at one of the sport’s favourite destinations, São Paulo, and the much-loved Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace at Interlagos.


Jules Bianchi, Driver #22

“Wow, the last race of the season already. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. The last race in Austin didn’t start out with much fun but on Sunday we really brought it all together and that performance has given us all a real lift for the final round in Brazil, where there will be a lot of pressure. We’ve done such a great job holding on to 10th place in the Championship for so long, so it’s hard to imagine any other outcome than seeing the Team achieve what they deserve finally. The weather forecast looks interesting so we’ll need to be on our toes, but we are very good at making our strategy work as well as responding to events in the races at short notice. One thing is for certain, we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got this weekend.”

Max Chilton, Driver #23

“It’s hard to believe that the final race of the year is upon us. There’s so much to look back on, to learn from and savour but for now we have to keep looking ahead and stay focused on what’s at stake this weekend. Brazil was the scene of so much disappointment last year and as Reserve Driver for the Team I saw that first hand. I think we can all be proud that we have held 10th place all season so that’s what everyone has in their sights. Interlagos is another great circuit that I will relish driving for the first time, but I think the expected wet weather will make it a less than straightforward weekend up and down the field.”


John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team

“After an ultimately rewarding United States Grand Prix, we head to Brazil feeling confident but with a very clear focus on what we need to do this weekend. Everyone’s attentions are on what is at stake, but we shouldn’t forget just how far we have come to be able to maintain 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship for the whole season. That in itself is a big achievement, as is the excellent reliability we have shown this year, with Max completing every race so far. Our most recent developments have contributed significantly in enabling us to keep up the fight with Caterham to the last and the evidence of this was clear to see in the race in Austin. We just need to squeeze out every last drop from the package this weekend and hope for better luck than last year.”