Sinkhole appears at Brazil’s Interlagos Circuit

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

Brazil's Interlagos Circuit, host of the Formula 1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix. November, 2017.

There are images doing the rounds online of a sinkhole in the track at Interlagos, home of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Formula 1 drivers are accustomed to tackling a few bumps in the road as they power around circuits, but it is safe to say that a big hole in the tarmac itself would be way over the line.

It seems though that this issue has indeed cropped up at Interlagos, with a picture of a big sinkhole in the track appearing on social media.

The sinkhole in question it seems has occurred at Turn 6, also known as Ferradura.

Could it be Lewis Hamilton’s storming drive in 2021 that proved too much for the asphalt?

Okay, on a serious note, various reports state that according to a spokesman for the local motoring federation, the sinkhole has been caused by a leak in the drainage system.

Fortunately though, it is expected to be a quick fix.

Incredibly, it did not even put a stop to the racing action taking place, which included the São Paulo State IndyCar Series and the Brazilian Formula Vee series.

The 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix proved to be one of the most entertaining races in what was overall an all-time classic Formula 1 season.

Hamilton was already carrying a five-place grid penalty into the weekend for an Internal Combustion Engine change, but disaster would strike in the form of disqualification from the qualifying standings due to a DRS infringement.

But on this sprint qualifying weekend, Hamilton would deliver a stunning 24-lap performance to go from last to P5 at the line, meaning he would start the race from P10.

From there, Hamilton went on to win the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, passing his title rival Max Verstappen to do so.


Formula 1 will return to Interlagos for the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, which is set to be Round 22 of 23 in the season, with race day taking place on November 13.

Fortunately by then, any sinkholes should be long gone, which will surely be a big relief for the drivers!


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