Will Vettel take a record with his first fastest lap at Interlagos? Will Hamilton become the most successful qualifier at the circuit? Here are the records which are up for grabs over the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend!
THE NUMBERS AND MILESTONES
This will be the 1,017th F1 race. It’ll be the 48th Brazilian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1972, and the 47th to be a round of the World Championship. It will also be the 37th F1 race at the Interlagos circuit.
The 33rd lap of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix will be the 2,350th racing lap which has counted toward the F1 championship.
Kimi Raikkonen will equal Fernando Alonso’s total of Grand Prix starts this weekend.
THE RECORDS TO BEAT
If Lewis Hamilton takes victory at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, he’d join Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Nico Rosberg as the sixth driver to have taken back-to-back wins at Interlagos.
Sebastian Vettel could equal Michael Schumacher’s record of four wins at the Interlagos circuit this weekend. Schumacher took four wins at the Sao Paulo track in his career, while Vettel has taken three so far.
If a Ferrari car starts on the front row, the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix will mark the 400th Grand Prix which has featured a Ferrari on the front row of the grid.
Renault would equal Ferrari as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Brazilian Grand Prix should a Renault-powered car take victory this weekend.
Ferrari could equal McLaren’s record tally of twelve Brazilian Grands Prix victories this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton could become only the second driver to have taken four pole positions at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna is the only other driver to have done so; taking a total of six home poles during his career.
Lewis Hamilton is currently tied with Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa as the most successful qualifier here, with three poles. A pole for the Mercedes driver this weekend would see him become the first driver to have taken four poles at Interlagos. He’d also become the eighth driver to have taken back-to-back poles at the circuit.
It’s a bit of a long shot, but if a Williams driver takes pole, the team would equal McLaren as the most successful qualifiers at the Brazilian Grand Prix. McLaren have taken pole eleven times in the country.
If Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, it will be the 22nd different Grand Prix at which he has set the fastest lap. Doing so would see him equal Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have taken fastest laps at the most different Grands Prix.
Lewis Hamilton could equal Michael Schumacher’s record tally of five fastest laps at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. Schumacher took all of his at the Interlagos circuit.
Either Ferrari or McLaren could become the team with the outright most podium finishes at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Both have 31 podium finishes so far in the country.
Sebastian Vettel could become only the third driver to have led 1,000km of the Brazilian Grand Prix. He’d join the club with Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher if he leads seven laps of Sunday’s race. He’ll become the record holder if he leads 40 laps of the race.
Ferrari will surpass McLaren as the team to have led the most kilometres at the Brazilian Grand Prix if their drivers lead 14 laps of the race.
If Kimi Raikkonen scores four points this weekend, he’ll become the fourth driver to have scored 100 points at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
A win for McLaren would see them equal Ferrari’s tally of nine wins at Interlagos, while Ferrari could become the first team to reach ten wins at the track.
Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes are all tied as the most successful engine manufacturers at Interlagos, with nine wins each. A win for any of these manufacturers would mean they take the outright record.
If Sebastian Vettel leads ten laps of the race, he’ll equal Michael Schumacher’s record of most laps led at Interlagos. Schumacher led 236 laps here during his career, while Vettel has led 225 laps of the circuit so far.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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