Preview for 2023 Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Brazil from 3-5 November.
Although driver and constructor titles have already been comfortably wrapped up, the vice-champion honour is still up for grabs between Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton with a 20-point gap betwern the pair.
Attention elsewhere will fall upon AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Haas in their scrap over eighth-place in the constructors’ standings – with the trio split by just four points with two further rounds of the season left after this weekend.
Now, here is everything that you need to know ahead of 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Circuit: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Race Distance: 305.909km
Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4
|Friday 3 November||FP1||2:30pm|
|Friday 3 November||Qualifying||6:00pm|
|Saturday 4 November||Sprint Shootout||2:00pm|
|Saturday 4 November||Sprint Race||6:30pm|
|Sunday 5 November||Race||5:00pm|
Four Key Pointers
- Despite a largely dry forecast for much of the weekend, Friday’s Qualifying session is anticipated to be wet which could mean timing the lap to perfection could be key to claiming pole position.
- Having began to find their groove again in the last two races and won here last season, Mercedes could well take the fight to Red Bull but McLaren and Ferrari will be huge threats too.
- The last two Sprints in Brazil has thrown up interesting tyre strategies between the soft and medium tyres so expect similar again, although expect hard and medium tyres to be favoured for main race
- With several slow and medium speed corners, it will be crucial to ensure that cars are set up to maximise traction but they will need to find balance for maximising straight line speed too.
Last Time Out
On F1’s visit to Interlagos in 2022, Kevin Magnussen claimed a shock pole position for the Sprint after he timed his Q3 lap to perfection in wet conditions, but it was Mercedes’ George Russell who dominated both the Sprint and GP for his maiden F1 victories.