The Autódromo José Carlos Pace will play host to the next round of the 2021 season with the end in sight and the battle for this year’s championship between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton reaching new heights.
There are now just 107 points left up for grabs following the Mexico City GP where Max Verstappen secured a record third win at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez after a relatively straightforward race for the Dutchman.
It was a great day all around for the Red Bull team, with Sergio Perez taking third and becoming the first Mexican driver to reach the podium at a home race.
Lewis Hamilton came second for Mercedes while Valtteri Bottas could only secure 15th, so it’s expected that this time out the Brackley-based team will be throwing everything into their performance on track.
Verstappen now leads the championship, 19 points ahead of Hamilton, while Mercedes managed to hold onto the lead in the constructors heading into this round – but only by one point.
So as this weekend’s battle nears, here’s everything you need to know:
Brazil held its first round of the Formula One world championship in 1973 at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo.
Since then, several changes were made to shorten the original track, however, most of the character associated with the old circuit is remains.
The drivers will race around the 4.309 km track for 71 laps for a total distance of 305.909 km.
McLaren remains the most successful team to race at this venue, with 12 wins under their belts while Michael Schumacher holds the record for most wins with four.
When/ Where to Watch
Free practice 1 will take place on Friday at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on November 12 at 15:30 Irish time, with Qualifying taking place hours later at 19:00.
FP1 begins on Saturday, November 12, at 15:00 and will be followed by the final Sprint Race of the season at 19:30.
For the big day on Sunday, November 14, coverage will be on Sky and NOW with lights out at 17:00.
You can catch live coverage of the entire 2021 season, every weekend on Sky Sports F1, or grab a NOW sports package.
According to Accuweather, a passing shower will occur on Friday morning; “otherwise, low clouds and cool, becoming breezy in the afternoon.”
There is a general 55% chance of rain on Friday with winds reaching 28 km/h and an 11% chance of thunderstorms.
On Saturday that chance is lower sitting at 46 percent, however, on Sunday it decreases to a minor 2% chance of precipitation while winds are due to reach 24 km/h.