13 November 2015
BRAZIL GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:14.449, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:13.585, Laps: 39
“Top 5 on this track is very good for us. I’m not sure if we can expect to stay there tomorrow, but that’s definitely the target. Normally when we have a Friday like this, the weekend goes a little bit better. They changed a few of the kerbs in turn 2 and turn 8. We used to be able to put four wheels over the kerb and now they are a bit too high so that basically means the corners are a bit tighter. It changes the approach a little bit for some corners but the asphalt was fine. We should be able to do a little bit of overtaking, but I think we have to rely a bit more on strategy. It’s at least a two stop race so that opens a few more windows and opportunities. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t know what the weather’s going to do. Dany has the old engine and I have the new one. It doesn’t look like much but it’s obviously just the first day running on track and I’m sure the guys will have a look tonight to see whether there is something they can tune and for sure trying to get more power out of it. The positive was that the engine was reliable and we ran all day so we got good laps and good information.”
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:14.696, Laps: 25
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:13.848, Laps: 40
“The track was rather dirty in the morning, but conditions seemed more normal in FP2. There’s still some work to do as we can be quicker, especially in sector 2. This is not an easy track for us. My engine compared to Daniel’s? I don’t know, we will have to look at the data. All in all the day was OK. We did plenty of laps and have enough data to analyse and tomorrow I hope to improve so that we can go on to get some good points over the weekend.”
5 THINGS TO DO IN SÃO PAULO
If you’re looking for off-track action, we have you covered with our essential guide to the Terra da Garoa.
1. Head to the Feira da Liberdade
Liberdade is São Paulo’s famed Japanese quarter. Every Sunday it hosts a big street market, which sells all kinds of cool stuff, though you’ll have to be quick to beat the masses. It all feels a bit like the Akihabara district of Tokyo and is good fun. If you can’t make it on Sunday, it’s a good place to hang out any day. If you do intend to visit on a Sunday then the market starts at about 8am, which is a good time, as it does get crowded.
2. See the Beco de Batman
The Vila Madalena is a nice, boho sort of district that has attracted a lot of artists and hipsters in recent decades and a lot of that can be attributed to this icon of São Paulo street art. Beco do Batman (Batman Alley), is a vast, open air gallery of street art that started with a simple picture of the titular comic book anti-hero. Every inch of wall is covered with graffiti and the pieces even extend down onto the sidewalks. It not only features pieces by well-known local artists but it has also attracted contributions from artists from other parts of the world.
3. Pinacoteca de São Paulo
For more local art and culture head to the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, one of the city’s most important art museums which is home to eclectic collections and exhibitions of Brazilian and international art.
4. What’s your poison?
Culture be damned – let’s go look at lethal critters! The Instituto Butantã is located in a large outdoor park near the campus of the University of São Paulo and attracts more than 300,000 people annually. Why? Because it’s got a mad collection of dangerous beasties. The Institute is home to a massive biomedical research centre producing all sort vaccines, antivenoms and so on and as such it is world-renowned for its collection of poisonous snakes, including its 407 varieties of cobra, as well as lizards and spiders.
5. Chaotic Old School Tippling
Brazil’s Caos Bar & Antiguidades deserves its name, as it offers a truly chaotic explosion of vintage bric-a-brac crammed into every space from the floor to the ceiling. Essentially it’s an antique shop, but when the sun goes down it morphs into a pretty odd little bar. There are all sorts of old toys, stuffed animals, posters, t-shirts, vinyl, weird tools, sticks of furniture and assorted rubbish dotted around the bar, giving it a fun vibe. Its Rua Augusta address used to be a fairly rough neighbourhood but it is becoming increasingly gentrified and is full of bars and clubs so you should be safe amongst the hip local crowd.