THE BRAZILIAN GP

F1 Racing (UK) - - RACE DEBRIEF -

THE MAIN EVENT

The per­fect rac­ing cir­cuit con­sists of a hill­side with every­thing that doesn’t look like a rac­ing cir­cuit cut away. In­ter­la­gos fits this brief ad­mirably: set in a nat­u­ral bowl, this tiny, twist­ing cir­cuit has hosted some of the most mem­o­rable grands prix in re­cent his­tory.

It’s been helped by three things. First, the weather and the cir­cuit own­ers’ frankly inept at­tempts at cop­ing with it. Sec­ond, the lay­out: In­ter­la­gos is the an­ti­dote to the ar­gu­ment that F1 cars can’t over­take – they can given a de­cent run at it. The long run up the hill from Junção over the start/fin­ish line, which then plunges into the down­hill, off-cam­ber heavy braking zone for the Senna S, is tai­lor­made for ex­cit­ing For­mula 1 – and it never fails to de­liver.

Last but not least, since switch­ing to a reg­u­lar slot at the tail end of the sea­son, In­ter­la­gos is where F1 cham­pi­onships are very of­ten de­cided – and the nar­row track, the capri­cious weather and the huge, rau­cously en­thu­si­as­tic crowd make it the per­fect venue for that.

CLAS­SIC RACE: 2012

This race had ab­so­lutely every­thing. Heavy show­ers, all four tyre com­pounds in play, and drama and skill by the buck­et­load. Nico Hülkenberg could have won; Lewis Hamil­ton could have won; Jen­son But­ton did win.

Seb Vet­tel was chas­ing a third ti­tle and Fer­nando Alonso was try­ing to stop him. Vet­tel got stuck in the mid­field and suf­fered a col­li­sion. Dead last, fac­ing the wrong way, a hole in the side­pod, and a bro­ken ra­dio. Game on. He bat­tled back to P4 and took the ti­tle.

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