Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Interlagos Circuit ahead of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix!
🇧🇷 RACE WINNERS
Since 1973, 36 F1 races have been held at the Interlagos circuit as a round of the championship. From those 36 races, there have been 23 different winners of the race.
Michael Schumacher has had more victories at the circuit than any other driver, with four, while Ferrari are the team with the most wins at Interlagos, with nine. German drivers are the most successful here, with nine wins between them, while Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes are all tied as the most successful engine manufacturer at the track with nine wins apiece.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Nico Rosberg are the five drivers who have taken back-to-back wins at Interlagos. No driver has taken more than two wins in a row here.
From the 2019 grid, there are three previous winners of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel has won here the most times, with four victories, while Lewis Hamilton has won here twice and Kimi Raikkonen has taken a single Interlagos victory.
The longest streak of different winners at Interlagos came between 1974 and 1992, when there were no repeat winners in all of the nine races held in the period.
The smallest win margin at Interlagos came in 2002, when Michael Schumacher took victory by just 0.588 seconds, while his win here in 1994 was won by over a lap; both the largest win margin seen at the track and the last time a Grand Prix was won by over a lap.
Fourteen races here have been won by less than five seconds, including in both the 2017 and 2018 events.
From the last ten races at Interlagos, the average win margin at the Brazilian Grand Prix has been 6.696 seconds.
🇧🇷 ON THE PODIUM
45 different drivers have finished on the podium at Interlagos. Michael Schumacher has had more top three finishes here than any other driver, with ten podium appearances. Ferrari lead the way in team appearances on the podium at Interlagos, with 26, while German drivers have had more top three finishes here than any other nation, with 23.
Six drivers on the 2019 grid have previously finished on the Brazilian Grand Prix podium. Kimi Raikkonen has had more top three finishes here than any other current driver, with seven. Sebastian Vettel has had five podiums at Interlagos, Lewis Hamilton five and Max Verstappen two, while Robert Kubica and Valtteri Bottas have each taken one.
The polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium here on 23 occasions, including in all of the last six Brazilian Grands Prix.
The furthest back grid slot to score a podium finish here is 17th, which happened in 2009, when Lewis Hamilton finished third having started from there.
No podium finish in the last six races here has come from outside the top five on the grid.
The 1980 and 2003 Brazilian Grands Prix are the only races at Interlagos where none of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium.
There have been five races here where all of the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium, including three times in the last five races at the track. There have been three occasions – 1979, 2014 and 2015 – where the top three have finished in the order in which they started.
In the 36 races held at Interlagos, 22 different drivers have started from pole position. Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton are all tied as the most successful qualifiers here, with three poles each.
McLaren are the team with the most poles at Interlagos, having set the fastest lap time in qualifying on nine occasions.
Brazilian drivers have had more poles at this event than drivers from any other nation, with home drivers Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Emerson Fittipaldi sharing ten poles for the country.
There are four drivers on the 2019 grid who have previously taken pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has done so a record-equalling three times so far, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole twice, while Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas have each taken pole position at Interlagos once.
James Hunt, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg are the seven drivers who’ve taken back-to-back poles at the Interlagos circuit. Mika Hakkinen and Felipe Massa share the record for most consecutive poles here; Hakkinen took three in a row between 1998 and 2000 and Massa did the same between 2006 and 2008.
The largest pole margin at Interlagos came in 1992, when Nigel Mansell set the fastest time by 1.191 seconds. It’s the only time pole has been decided by more than a second here. Meanwhile, pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second on ten occasions, including seven times in the past ten races. The smallest pole margin was in 2003, when Rubens Barrichello took the fastest time by just 0.011 seconds.
From the last ten Brazilian Grands Prix, the average pole margin at Interlagos has been 0.131 seconds.
🇧🇷 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Fifteen races here have been won from pole, including five of the last six, while 28 have been won from the front row of the grid. Since 2004, the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix is the only one to have been won from lower than second on the grid.
The polesitter has finished on the podium without wining the race eight times at Interlagos.
The furthest back win at the track came in 2003, when Giancarlo Fisichella won for Jordan from eighth on the grid.
🇧🇷 SUNDAY STATS
The most drivers to finish all the laps of a Brazilian Grand Prix is 16, which happened in 2016. 1975, 2009 and 2016 are the only races at Interlagos where ten or more drivers have finished on the lead lap.
Ten of the last eighteen Brazilian Grands Prix have featured a Safety Car. The highest number of Safety Car periods in one race at the track is five, which occurred in 2016.
Nine races at Interlagos have been affected by rain.
Michael Schumacher has taken more fastest laps at Interlagos than any other driver. He’s set the Sunday pace on five occasions.
From the 806 cars which have entered a Formula 1 race at the Interlagos circuit, 504 have reached the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish race of 62.5%.
The highest number of drivers to finish a race at the track is 23, which happened in 2010. The 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix saw less finishers here than at any other Interlagos race. Just seven of the 22 starters reached the chequered flag.
Four races here have been red-flagged. It’s happened in 1974, 1997, 2003 and 2016, with the latter being red-flagged twice.
So far, 2317 racing laps have been completed at the Interlagos circuit.
🇧🇷 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
There have been six occasions where a World Champion has been crowned at Interlagos, including in five consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2009. Sebastian Vettel is the driver to have been crowned champion most recently at the track, having taken the honours in 2012. The track has also seen the Constructors’ Champions crowned five times, most recently in 2018 when Mercedes won their fifth successive title.
The winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos has gone on to win the title in the same season on fifteen occasions.
The leader of the Drivers’ Championship after the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos has gone on to win the title on 25 occasions. Since the race moved to a later slot in the calendar in 2004, Fernando Alonso in 2010 is the only driver to have failed to go on to win the title having led after the Interlagos race.
There have been just eight occasions where the team leading the Constructors’ Championship after a race at Interlagos have failed to take the championship. In every year since 2006, the leaders of the Constructors’ Championship after the Brazilian Grand Prix have gone on to win the title.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.