Brazilian Grand Prix guide

Date published: November 8 2016

For all you need to know about the big news, the track, the tyres and the numbers that matter.

It’s all in Rosberg’s hands/wheel
No-one can stop Nico Rosberg from claiming his first ever Drivers’ World Championship other than himself, not even his team-mate and rival Lewis Hamilton.

If the German wins the Brazilian Grand Prix, he will be crowned Formula 1’s newest World Champion with still one race to spare, and if he claims P2 in the remaining two races, he will still be crowned Champion.

Hamilton, though, can’t afford to suffer any hiccups. If the Brit finishes lower than Rosberg or has a DNF, Rosberg will the World Champion.

The triple World Champions insists that he will be giving everything he has in order to capitalise on any mistakes his team-mate makes.

However, with contrasting fortunes, it is more likely that Hamilton will be the one making a mistake or suffering reliability issues judging by how the season has played out.

Post Brazil standings

Did you know?
Despite being the home circuit of F1 great Ayrton Senna, his fiercest rival Alain Prost has the most wins at the Brazilian Grand Prix, picking up six victories, four more than Senna.

On the current grid, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa have the most wins, with each of them claiming two victories apiece.

Nico Rosberg’s two victories in Interlagos came in the latest two Grands Prix. If the German can complete a hat-trick of wins this weekend, he will be the 2016 Formula 1 Champion.

Juan Pablo Montoya still holds the record for the fastest lap around the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, which was achieved back in 2004 with a 1:11.473.

The Brazilian Grand Prix was Mark Webber’s last official race in Formula 1.

Only four Brazilians have ever won the Brazilian Grand Prix in history.

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Mark these times on your schedule this weekend…
The71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix will get underway at 2pm local time on Sunday 13th November

The full timetable.

Betting
It’s the penultimate race this weekend, and we have another betting preview for Betsafe live, so make sure you check that out.

A lap of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Max Verstappen: “I like the track in Brazil, it’s a really special layout with quite a bit of height elevation, and it is anti-clockwise which always adds a bit more fun to the challenge.

“The track is quite a technical layout, especially sector 2, it’s important to get this right for a quick lap.

“Like many of the circuits we race at it has had a lot of history and great moments over the years, this makes it one of the ‘special’ ones on the calendar.

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The full guide

Soft compounds are the popular choice this weekend…
Williams went the most aggressive on the paddock, opting for nine sets each of the soft compound, with Red Bull and Ferrari selecting seven.

Compared to Red Bull and Ferrari, though, Mercedes have decided to take two extra softs as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be on the exact same tyre strategy.

With the hard compound also an option going into the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez have all chosen two sets each, while the rest of the grid only selecting one.

The medium compound tyres will also feature, with drivers ranging from three to five sets each.

The tyre list…

Brazil Grand Prix Tyre Choice