Brazil became South America’s sole Formula 1 host country in 1998 following Argentina’s exit from the calendar. Its amphitheatre bowl setting between two lakes makes Interlagos a great circuit for both driving and viewing. The shortest lap of the year sees a drop through the Senna-S before negotiating the car through a tricky infield section and a power sapping climb uphill from Juncao to the finish line. The venue boasts a unique atmosphere with party-loving locals and a challenging track that is steeped in history. Interest in the sport peaked during Ayrton Senna’s time in the sport in the 1980s and early 1990s, but its popularity remains even today. Its undulating character and the threat of sudden rain showers has made for some dramatic races, with Lewis Hamilton’s 2007 title win sticking out in the mind as he left it until the last turn to pass Timo Glock for fifth place and win the World Championship. In recent years Red Bull have been dominant here, taking four of the last five victories.
Circuit length 4.309 km
Race distance 305.909 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
The Brazilian Grand Prix is often looked on by engineers and strategists in F1 as the biggest uncertainty of the season – it’s a very difficult race to plan for. The weather is often changeable and there is a higher than average chance of a safety car intervention. Pirelli has changed the tyre allocation to Soft/Medium; there has been quite a large difference in performance between these compounds so far this year. Another unknown is the track surface and how it will affect the strategy as there has been some resurfacing work carried out since the 2013 race. It is the shortest lap of the year at just 70 seconds, so the time gaps between cars are very small. A clean qualifying lap is essential.
In collaboration with James Allen
Race Strategy Report
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. McLaren (22.620s)
02. Red Bull (22.746s)
03. Lotus (22.865s)
04. Force India (22.997s)
05. Ferrari (23.077s)
06. Williams (23.220s)
07. Mercedes (23.240s)
08. Sauber (23.418s)
09. Toro Rosso (23.782s)
Start league table – after Round 18, Brazil
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+7 Hamilton, Magnussen
+6 Bottas, Button, Perez, Sutil
+4 Lotterer, Vettel
Net lost positions
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane; Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane; Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident; Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap one; Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer
Italy notes: Ericsson started from pit lane
Singapore notes: Kobayashi did not start; Rosberg started from pit lane
Japan notes: Race started behind Safety Car
Russia notes: Rosberg and Massa pitted at the end of lap 1
United States notes: Sutil and Perez crashed on lap 1
Brazil notes: Sutil started from pit lane