Interlagos, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace circuit information

Brazil held its first round of the world championship in 1973 at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo.

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The venue remains part of the Formula 1 calendar and although it is now considerably shorter than the original track, much of the character of the old circuit is still present, as are the vocal and enthusiastic Brazilian fans.

The track measured almost eight kilometres in length when Emerson Fittipaldi treated the crowd to a home victory at their first world championship race.

The Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro took over as Brazil’s home of F1 throughout most of the eighties, but the sport returned to Sao Paulo in 1990 on a truncated circuit which travels in the opposition direction to the old course at one point.

The configuration has altered little since then, besides minor re-profiling to some corners and changes to the run-off areas as seen at other tracks. It did not hold a race in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but F1 returned the following year, at which point the event was renamed the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Lap data
Lap length4.309km (2.677 miles)
Race laps71
Race distance305.909km (190.083 miles)
Pole positionRight-hand side of the track
Lap record*1’11.473 (Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004)
Fastest lap1’07.281 (Lewis Hamilton, 2018, qualifying three)
Maximum speed331kph (205.674 mph)
Distance from grid to turn one195m
Car performance
Full throttle64%
Longest flat-out section1,394m
Downforce levelHigh
Gear changes per lap36
Fuel use per lap1.35kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel0.042s
Strategy
Pit lane time loss18.6s
Tyre compoundsC2, C3,C C4

*Fastest lap set during a grand prix

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