Six drivers have a 100% finish record in Brazil, three drivers have never been out-qualified by a team-mate at Interlagos and three drivers have never failed to reach Q3. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
?? Lewis Hamilton
Eleven years ago, Lewis Hamilton took his first World Championship victory by finishing fifth in one of the most dramatic races of all time here at Interlagos. The track hasn’t been one of Hamilton’s best: he’s won here only twice in his career; in 2016 and 2018. He’s taken further podium finishes in 2009, 2014 and 2015 and has qualified on pole here three times, in 2012, 2016 and 2018. Hamilton started from the front row on six occasions in total. He started from the pit lane in 2017 after crashing out in Q1. That was the second time, after 2009, where Hamilton has been eliminated in Q1 at Interlagos. From his twelve appearances, Hamilton has beaten a team-mate in Qualifying six times at the circuit. He has scored points in all of the nine races he’s finished here. His pit-lane start in 2017 saw him gain sixteen places on his way to finishing fourth – the highest number of positions gained by a current driver in a Brazilian Grand Prix. It is one of only two times that he’s gained positions from where he started at the circuit – he also gained fourteen positions in 2009.
?? Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has had one podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with second place in 2017. There have been two occasions from his six Interlagos appearances where he has failed to score – he retired in 2013 and finished eleventh in 2016. Bottas has taken pole once at the Brazilian Grand Prix, in 2017 and has reached Q3 on four occasions in total. He has never had a Q1 exit here. The Finn has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit only twice, in 2014 and 2018. The 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix is the only race at the track in which Bottas has finished in a better position than where he started. He is yet to lead a lap of a Grand Prix at Interlagos.
?? Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel was crowned World Champion at Interlagos in 2012 after finishing sixth in a dramatic season finale. Aside from his DNF in 2007, sixth is actually Vettel’s worst finishing position at the track – a position which he finished in for a second time last season. He has had three victories at Interlagos and a further two podium finishes, and has scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix in every season since 2008. Vettel has qualified on pole here twice, but is yet to do so with Ferrari. He’s had five front row starts in total at Interlagos, including two in the last two seasons. Vettel has reached Q3 in every season here since 2010. He was eliminated in Q1 in 2009 and in Q2 in 2007. Last year marked the first time that Vettel has lost a position from his starting slot in a race at this tack since 2012.
?? Charles Leclerc
Ahead of his first Brazilian Grand Prix outing last year, Charles Leclerc had two previous Free Practice outings at the Interlagos circuit. He drove for Haas in FP1 in 2016 and drove for Sauber during the Friday session in 2017. Leclerc scored points in his first race at the track last year, with a seventh place finish. He reached Q3 but failed to out-qualify team-mate Marcus Ericsson. Leclerc started from seventh, finishing where he started.
?? Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has never failed to score at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He has finished on the podium twice – with a memorable drive to third place in the rain hit 2016 race and finishing as runner-up last year after tangling with Esteban Ocon. Verstappen has reached the final part of qualifying on all four of his Interlagos appearances, and has qualified a best of fourth in 2016 and 2017. He has qualified in the top five in all of the last three seasons. Verstappen has never failed to out-qualify his team-mate at this circuit. The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix is the only event at the track in which Verstappen has finished in a worse position than where he started.
?? Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon has no past experience at the Interlagos track.
?? Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has scored points on exactly half of his Brazilian Grand Prix appearances. He recorded his best result so far at the track last season, with a fourth place finish for Red Bull. He recorded his only DNF at the circuit in 2014. During his time at Red Bull, Ricciardo never out-qualified his team-mate at Interlagos. Jean-Eric Vergne is the only team-mate that Ricciardo has out-qualified at the circuit, having done so in 2012 and 2013. Ricciardo has reached Q3 in all of the last six seasons in Brazil, recording a best qualifying result of fifth in 2017. He had a grid penalty that year however, so started only fourteenth. His best grid slot here is sixth in 2016. Ricciardo led four laps of last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, marking the first time he has led at the event. Of the races he’s completed, 2013 and 2016 are the only seasons where Ricciardo has finished in a worse position than where he started.
?? Nico Hulkenberg
Interlagos is the only track at which Nico Hulkenberg has taken pole, having done so with Williams in 2010. Until last season, Hulkenberg had never failed to score on his seven appearances at the track. He retired from last year’s race due to overheating issues. His best finishing position at the track is twelfth in 2012; a race which he led for some time. 2014 and 2018 are the only seasons in which Hulkenberg has failed to reach Q3 at this circuit. He has never been out-qualified by a team-mate here.
?? Romain Grosjean
Last season marked the second time that Romain Grosjean has scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix, He finished eighth last year, just as he did in the 2015 event. The Frenchman recorded three consecutive retirements at the track between 2012 and 2014, and had an embarrassing DNS in 2016 as a result of crashing on his way to the grid. Grosjean has reached Q3 on three occasions at Interlagos – in 2013, 2016 and 2018. His best qualifying result at the track is sixth in 2013. Grosjean has not been out-qualified in Brazil since 2012. The 2015 race is the only one in which he has finished in a better position than where he started.
?? Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has scored twice from his four Brazilian Grand Prix appearances, with ninth place finishes in 2014 and 2018. Magnussen has retired once at the circuit, with a DNF in 2017. Magnussen hasn’t reached the final part of qualifying at Interlagos since 2014, when he qualified in seventh place. He has been eliminated in Q2 at the track in each of the last two seasons, but lined up tenth on last year’s grid as a result of penalties for other drivers. Magnussen is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the circuit.
?? Carlos Sainz
Despite only retiring once in his four appearances, the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix is the only occasion that Carlos Sainz has picked up points at the Interlagos circuit. He has narrowly missed out on points in recent seasons by finishing eleventh in 2017 and twelfth in 2018. Sainz has had just one Q3 appearance at the track, with ninth place in qualifying in 2017. He started from eighth on the grid that year, however, and also lined up tenth in 2015. Sainz has never out-qualified a team-mate at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He recorded his first Q1 exit here last year.
?? Lando Norris
Lando Norris drove at Interlagos for the first time last season, when he appeared in Free Practice 1 with McLaren.
?? Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has scored points at all of the last three Brazilian Grands Prix, with a best result of fourth place in 2016. Aside from the last three years, 2013 is the only other occasion that he has scored at the circuit. His only retirement here came in 2012.Perez has reached the final part of qualifying only twice at Interlagos, in 2016 and 2017. His best qualifying result at the track came in 2017, when he qualified sixth (which later became fifth on the grid). From his eight appearances, Perez has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit three times. Of the races he’s finished at the track, 2015 and 2017 are the only occasions that Perez has finished in a worse position than where he started.
?? Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll is yet to score at the Brazilian Grand Prix and has a best finish of sixteenth from 2017. He finished only eighteenth in last year’s race. Stroll has been eliminated in Q1 on both appearances so far, recording a best qualifying position of eighteenth in 2017; though he started sixteenth on the grid thanks to penalties for other drivers. The Canadian is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at Interlagos. He is yet to finish the race in a worse position than where he started from, but gained no places from where he started in 2017 and gained only one place in 2018.
?? Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium at the Brazilian Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons, finishing third on both occasions. He has a further five podium finishes at Interlagos, including a run of three consecutive second place finishes in 2003, 2004 and 2005, plus his win in 2007 which secured him World Championship victory. Raikkonen has finished in the points on twelve of his fifteen appearances, with his other three races at the track (2001, 2002 and 2016) resulting in DNFs. He has never taken pole at the Brazilian Grand Prix and has had just one front row start at the circuit, in 2006. Raikkonen has out-qualified his team-mate on only one third of his appearance here, but has never failed to reach Q3.
?? Antonio Giovinazzi
Anntonio Giovinazzi has made two previous practice appearances at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He took part in Free Practice 1 with Haas in 2017 and with Sauber in 2018.
?? Daniil Kvyat
2015 is the only season where Daniil Kvyat has scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He has a 100% finish rate at the circuit, but finished outside the top ten on his other two appearances. Likewise, 2015 is the only season where Kvyat has reached Q3 here. He qualified in fourteenth in both 2014 and 2016. 2016 is the only year where the Russian driver has started from where he qualified. He was bumped up to sixth on the grid in 2015. Kvyat has beaten his team-mate on every appearance at the track.
?? Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly is yet to score a point from his two appearances at the Brazilian Grand Prix. His best finish so far is twelfth in 2017. Gasly reached Q3 at Interlagos for the first time last yer, when he qualified tenth and started from ninth. It was also the first time he has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit.
?? Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica has a 100% finish rate at Interlagos from his five appearances at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He has scored here three times, with a best result of second in 2009. His worst finish is eleventh in 2008. 2008 is the only season where Kubica has failed to reach Q3 at the Interlagos circuit. His best qualifying result here is seventh, scored in both 2007 and 2010. The 2010 race is the only one in which Kubica finished in a position worse than where he started from a this track.
?? George Russell
George Russell made his very first appearance at an F1 weekend at this track in 2017, when he participated in Free Practice 1 with Force India.
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