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)