F1 Racing (UK) - - RACE PREVIEW -


The penul­ti­mate round of the 2018 world cham­pi­onship takes place on the un­du­lat­ing Autó­dromo José Car­los Pace cir­cuit, lo­cated in the heart of São Paulo. The track first hosted the Brazil­ian Grand Prix in 1973, un­til the race switched to Rio in the 1980s. A short­ened and re­vamped lay­out re­turned to the cham­pi­onship in 1990 and has featured on the calendar ever since.

In al­ti­tude terms, this is the sec­ond high­est track of the sea­son and the climb from the fi­nal cor­ner, Junçao, to the brak­ing point for the Senna Esses fea­tures a 40 me­tre in­cline, which com­bined with the thin air means it’s a tough cir­cuit for the tur­bocharged power units.

Teams also have to find the ideal compromise be­tween high lev­els of down­force for the twisty in­field sec­tion, while min­imis­ing drag for the straight be­tween Turns 3 and 4.

Add into the mix the typ­i­cally un­pre­dictable Brazil­ian weather, where rain­storms are com­mon­place, and this is of­ten a race that throws up sur­prises.


Right from the off, the 1993 Brazil­ian GP was full of drama. Head­ing to­wards Turn 1 at the start, Fer­rari’s Ger­hard Berger tan­gled with the Mclaren of Michael An­dretti and sent the lat­ter fly­ing through the air.

There was more trou­ble for Mclaren when Ayr­ton Senna was given a stop-go penalty for over­tak­ing a back­marker un­der yel­lows. It looked as though all hope of vic­tory was gone for the lo­cal hero, un­til there was a sud­den trop­i­cal down­pour. Senna im­me­di­ately pit­ted for wets as leader Alain Prost – on slicks – aqua­planed into re­tire­ment.

As the track dried, Senna over­took the re­main­ing Wil­liams of Da­mon Hill to se­cure his fi­nal home win.

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