Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV, weather, stream, grid

Date published: October 14 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

Pit lane entrance at Interlagos, Sao Paulo Grand Prix host. Brazil, November 2019.

Formula 1 returns to Brazil for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, and we have now entered must-win territory for Mercedes.

There was brief hope for the German outfit at the Mexican Grand Prix as they locked out the front row, but Verstappen was back on form come race day, storming his way to victory.

Stretching his lead over Hamilton in the Drivers’ standings to 19 points, Mercedes and Hamilton need an instant response heading to Sao Paulo, round 19 of 22.

It will be the best chance Mercedes get at recovering the lost ground, since three extra points are up for grabs with the third and final sprint qualifying trial of 2021 taking place in Brazil.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix…

When is the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

Practice 1: Friday November 12: 1230-1330 (1530-1630 UK time)
Qualifying: Friday November 12: 1600 (1900 UK time)
Practice 2: Saturday November 13: 1200-1300 (1500-1600 UK time)
Sprint qualifying: Saturday November 13: 1630 (1930 UK time)
Race: Sunday November 14: 1400 (1700 UK time)

Where does the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix take place?

Interlagos, home to the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. November 2017.

The Autódromo José Carlos Pace, more commonly referred to as Interlagos to reflect the area where it’s based, is one of the longest-serving and most iconic venues on the Formula calendar.

Ever since 1990 this famous venue has hosted a Brazilian-based grand prix, missing only 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

After doubts over the future of this track and a possible switch to a new track in Rio de Janeiro was suggested, Interlagos’s future was saved by a new deal until 2025, with the event becoming known as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Consisting of 15 turns, Interlagos is a technically challenging 2.677-mile circuit, where the weather is famous for changing in the blink of an eye and making an already tricky circuit even more demanding of a driver’s ability.

Since 2004 Interlagos has served as one of the latter races in a Formula 1 season, and over the years has served up many classic title-deciders. Could it play a major role in the World Championship picture once again this time around?

Where can I watch the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

Every session, from the start of FP1 to the end of the race, can be found on pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports in the UK. A live stream of their coverage can also be accessed via Now TV.

Highlights of qualifying and the race will also be shown on free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.

You can watch all the action from Sao Paulo live with F1 TV Pro. Please check to see if it is available in your country.

Subscribers to the official F1 app can access live data throughout the race weekend and listen to radio commentary there on race day.

PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session, with coverage beginning 30 minutes before each practice and qualifying, and one hour before the race.

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:

United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal+
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Spain: DAZN
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
Brazil: Band
Japan: DAZN

What is the starting grid for the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix sprint?

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 Lando Norris McLaren
8 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
9 Fernando Alonso Alpine
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 George Russell Williams
18 Mick Schumacher Haas
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes*

*Back-of-the-grid penalty for DRS infringement

What was the result from the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix sprint?

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Lando Norris McLaren
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 George Russell Williams
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing
19 Mick Schumacher Haas
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas

What is the starting grid for the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull
5 Lando Norris McLaren
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes*
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 George Russell Williams
18 Mick Schumacher Haas
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas
20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing**

*Five-place penalty for new ICE component
** pit-lane start for new rear wing assembly

What are the odds for the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

Here are Planet Sport Bet’s latest odds on the winner of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix:

Max Verstappen – 10/11
Lewis Hamilton – 5/2
Valtteri Bottas 4/1
Sergio Perez 22/1
Carlos Sainz 50/1

(Updated November 13. Head to Planet Sport Bet for live prices and more markets).

What is the weather forecast for the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

If there is one thing predictable about the Interlagos weather, it is that it is unpredictable. But as it stands, the forecast is for a dry race weekend.

Friday: 18c, overcast with chance of showers

Saturday: 18c, largely overcast with sunny spells

Sunday: 23c, prolonged sunny spells

Directions to the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

São Paulo has several airports. Guarulhos (GRU) is the main one, while the second-busiest is Congonhas (CGH) and Viracopos (VCP) is the smallest and lesser-known airport of the three.

From there the best way to get to the circuit is to take the metro with other fans, or a taxi/Uber. With a Bilhete Único smartcard, which is used for paying bus, metro and train fares and issued at underground stations, you can take the metro from virtually anywhere in the city to the Autodromo metro station in Interlagos, which is just 600 meters from the circuit’s entrance.

Address: Av. Sen. Teotônio Vilela, 261 – Interlagos, São Paulo – SP, 04801-010, Brazil

Which drivers have won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

Sebastian Vettel with a mask on. Austin October 2021

Alain Prost is the most successful driver in the history of the Brazilian Grand Prix with six successes, while McLaren are the most successful constructor with 12 victories.

The 2021 grid features only two repeat winners in Brazil, they being Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel has been victorious three times at Interlagos, winning in 2010 and 2013 for Red Bull, while his 2017 triumph came in Ferrari colours.

Both of Hamilton’s victories have arrived as a Mercedes driver, though his most memorable moment in Sao Paulo of course arrived in 2008 in that dramatic conclusion which secured the Briton his first World Championship.

Last 10 winners of the Brazilian Grand Prix:

2019 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2018 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2017 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
2011 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
2010 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

What are the latest F1 Championship standings?

Drivers’ Championship

Max Verstappen – 312.5 points
Lewis Hamilton – 293.5 points
Valtteri Bottas – 185 points
Sergio Perez – 165 points
Lando Norris – 150 points

Constructors’ Championship

Mercedes – 478.5 points
Red Bull – 477.5 points
Ferrari – 268.5 points
McLaren – 255 points
Alpine – 106 points
AlphaTauri – 106 points

Tyre choices for the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

Pirelli have gone down the middle of their range with the tyre selections for Interlagos, and so will bring the C2, C3 and C4 tyres.

It means that the C2 will be the hard tyre, the C3 will be the medium compound and the C4 will serve as the soft.

Pirelli’s dry tyres range from C1 to C5, with the rubber getting softer and theoretically grippier as the number increases.