Mercedes have won four of the last five Brazilian Grands Prix, Ferrari have more Interlagos wins than any other team and Red Bull have recorded three 1-2 finishes at the circuit. Here’s how the teams’ histories compare at Interlagos!
Mercedes have won all but one of the last five Brazilian Grands Prix, scoring 1-2 finishes in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The team have scored on all nine of their visits to the track, with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg’s fifteenth place finishes in 2011 and 2012 respectively being the only occasions where a Mercedes driver has failed to score at Interlagos. They are the only team on the current grid with a 100% finish rate here.
Mercedes have taken pole at Interlagos in all of the last five seasons. There have been just three occasions where a Mercedes driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher each exited in Q2 in 2010 and 2012, while Lewis Hamilton was eliminated in Q1 at the circuit in 2017, failing to set a time after crashing out.
Ferrari have taken nine wins at the Interlagos circuit, more than any other team, with Sebastian Vettel’s 2017 victory their first since Felipe Massa’s in 2008. Ferrari are regular podium visitors in Brazil, with seven top three finishes in the last seven years. Since 2004, Kimi Raikkonen’s spin out of the rain-hit 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix has been the team’s only failure to finish at the track. 1980, 1993 and 2003 are the only years in which Ferrari have left the track point-less.
Giancarlo Fisichella’s Q1 exit in 2009 is the only time a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at Interlagos. At least one Ferrari has qualified in the top ten on all of F1’s 36 visits to the track, while 1993, 2005 and 2014 are the only years where neither Ferraris have qualified in the top six. The Italian team have taken six poles at the circuit, but have never locked-out the front row here in qualifying.
Red Bull took four wins in the five Interlagos races between 2009 and 2013, with 1-2 finishes in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Since then, Max Verstappen has scored two further podiums for the team at the circuit, with third place in 2016 and finishing as runner-up in 2018. Mark Webber’s 2009 win here marked the first time that the team scored points at the circuit, recording one non-points scoring finish and a DNF in every season before that. Since then, Daniel Ricciardo’s 2014 retirement is the only time a Red Bull driver has failed to cross the finish line.
Both Red Bull drivers have reached the final part of qualifying at Interlagos in all of the last nine seasons, while 2006 and 2008 are the only years where neither car featured in Q3. The team have taken pole position here twice, in 2011 and 2013, with Sebastian Vettel. They locked out the front-row in 2011. The team have failed to qualify in the top four here since the last time they took pole.
Rene Arnoux’s win at Interlagos in 1980 is the only time Renault have won a race here, while Fernando Alonso is the only other driver to have finished on the podium with the team at this track, having done so in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Since their return to the sport, Nico Hulkenberg’s tenth place finish in 2017 is the only time a Renault driver has scored a point at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers to have taken pole for Renault at Interlagos, doing so in 1980 and 2005 respectively. Since their 2016 return, 2017 is the only season where both Renault drivers have qualified in the top ten, with Nico Hulkenberg recording a best of eighth; which later became seventh on the grid.
Last season, Haas scored at the Brazilian Grand Prix for the first time. Both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen scored in 2018, with eighth and ninth place finishes. It marked the first season where neither Haas car failed to finish the race. Both cars failed to finish in 2016. After a great qualifying performance, Grosjean crashed on the slippery track on his way to the grid, while Esteban Gutierrez retired just a handful of laps from the finish.
Romain Grosjean is the only Haas driver to have reached the final part of qualifying for the team so far in their existence. The Frenchman qualified in seventh in 2016 and in ninth in 2018. No Haas driver has been eliminated in Q1 at the track so far, with Kevin Magnussen’s fourteenth place in qualifying in 2017 the team’s worst performance to date.
Jenson Button’s 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix win remains McLaren’s most recent victory. The team failed to score at the track last year for only the sixth time in their history. Since their switch away from Mercedes power, Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have scored points in Brazil for McLaren, finishing tenth in 2016 and eighth in 2017. At least one McLaren has featured in the top five at this track on 27 of F1’s 36 visits, though Button’s fourth place in 2014 is the team’s latest top five finish.
Both McLaren drivers were eliminated in the first part of qualifying for only the third time at the Brazilian Grand Prix last season. Their double Q2 exit in 2013 is the only other season where neither McLaren has featured in the final part of qualifying. With nine poles, McLaren have started from the front at Interlagos on more occasions than any other team. They’ve locked-out the front row five times at the circuit, most recently in 2012.
Racing Point (Force India)
Force India scored at least one point in all of their last five visits to Interlagos, while Esteban Ocon’s non-finish in 2017 is the team’s only DNF here in the last six seasons. 2011 and 2016 are the only years where both Force India drivers have picked up points at the track, with Sergio Perez’s fourth place in 2016 being their best Brazilian Grand Prix result.
2016 is the only season where both Force India drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the Interlagos track. Last season, both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were eliminated in Q2. Adrian Sutil is the Force India driver to have delivered the best qualifying result for the team at the circuit. The German started from third on the grid in 2009 – though his race was short-lived after a first-lap collision with Jarno Trulli.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Sauber have recorded two podium finishes at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Their first came with Nick Heidfeld, who finished third in 2001. Robert Kubica went one better in 2009, finishing as runner-up to Mark Webber. Heidfeld’s third place in 2001 was a rare highlight for Sauber in their early years at the track. They failed to finish six of the first ten races they competed in here, with both cars retiring. Both cars also failed to start in 2000 due to safety concerns after rear wing failures. Last year, Charles Leclerc recorded the team’s best finish since Kubica’s 2009 podium, with seventh.
After double Q1 exits in 2016 and 2017, Sauber returned to the top half of the grid in 2018, with both cars reaching the final part of qualifying, and Marcus Ericsson qualifying a career-best seventh. It was the first time since 2007 that both Sauber drivers had reached Q3. Felipe Massa recorded Sauber’s best grid slot at Interlagos, with fourth in 2004.
Toro Rosso have failed to score in each of their last two visits to Sao Paulo. Sebastian Vettel recorded the team’s best finish here, with fourth place in 2008. Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Brendon Hartley are the only drivers to have recorded a DNF with Toro Rosso at the track, in 2007, 2015 and 2017 respectively. The team have scored points in six of their thirteen races here.
Pierre Gasly’s Q3 appearance here last season is the only occasion in the last three years where a Toro Rosso driver has reached the final part of qualifying, with one car exiting in Q1 in each of the last two years. 2008 and 2013 are the only seasons where both Toro Rosso drivers have reached Q3 here. Sebastien Buemi’s sixth place in qualifying in 2009 is the only time that a Toro Rosso car has qualified in the top six for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Williams have won four times at Interlagos, including a 1-2 finish in 1992. At least one Williams car finished in the top two in every season between 1991 and 1997. In the last fourteen years, Felipe Massa’s podium in 2014 is the only time a Williams driver has finished in the top three at the track. Neither Williams scored a point here last year, finishing a lowly sixteenth and eighteenth.
Williams took six consecutive poles for the Brazilian Grand Prix between 1992 and 1997, including front row lock-outs in 1992 and 1993. Since then, the team have taken two further poles at the track in 2002 and, most recently, with Nico Hulkenberg in 2010. Neither Williams driver reached the final part of qualifying here last season. 2008 is the only season where both of the team’s cars have been eliminated in Q1.
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