The polesitter has won six of the last eight races at the Interlagos circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each grid slot’s history at the Brazilian Grand Prix!
THE STATS IN BRIEF
- Polesitter has won 6 of last 8 races
- Furthest back win from 10th
- 14th retired from last 2 races
- 18th not scored since 2004
- Furthest back podium from 20th
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All but two of the last eight races at Interlagos have been won from pole position. Since 2013, Valtteri Bottas is the only polesitter at the Brazilian Grand Prix to have failed to go on and win the race. He did so twice, in 2017 adn 2021. 16 of the 38 F1 races held so far at Interlagos have been won from pole, giving a pole to win conversion rate of less than 50%. Since 2004, Lewis Hamilton’s retirement in 2012 is the only non-finish for a polesitter, and one of only three occasions on which the polesitter hasn’t finished on the podium during that seventeen year period.
In 2019, Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to have started the Brazilian Grand Prix from second on the grid and retire since Ralf Schumacher in 2001. In every season between 2001 and 2019, second on the grid always scored points. This grid slot has finished on the podium in nine of the last twelve Interlagos races. With five wins in the last thirteen races, second on the grid has given only one less win than pole position has in the same time frame. The driver starting here has scored points 32 times – that’s more than any other grid slot at Interlagos.
In the last 20 Interlagos races, the driver starting third has won only once. That victory, the third from this grid slot, was for Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. There have been sixteen podium finishes from third on the grid, but none since 2017. The driver starting here has retired only once in the last eleven races, with Kimi Raikkonen spinning out in the wet in 2016.
In the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas recorded the first retirement from fourth on the grid since 2011. Since 2013, the driver starting fourth has recorded three podium finishes. There have been thirteen podium finishes from this grid slot in total, but it is the only slot in the top six which has never won at Interlagos.
2019 is the only time in the last thirteen Interlagos races that the driver starting fifth has failed to score at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Since 2010, fifth position has supplied three podium finishes – third places for Fernando Alonso in 2010 and Felipe Massa in 2012, as well as the runner-up slot for Max Verstappen in 2018.
Three of the first eight Brazilian Grands Prix held as a round of the championship at Interlagos were won by the driver starting sixth on the grid. The race has not been won from here since then, but has provided a further two podium finishes in 2008 and 2019; both of those being second place finishes. 2019 was the first time since 2014 that the driver starting here has finished in a better position than sixth.
In the last twelve Interlagos races, there have been only two occasions that the driver starting seventh has not scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Both times, it was Romain Grosjean who failed to score. He failed to start the race after crashing on his way to this grid slot in 2016 and finished only thirteenth in 2019. In the same timeframe, there has been one podium finish from here, with Fernando Alonso finishing as runner-up in 2012. There have been only eight retirements from this grid position.
Both of the first Brazilian Grands Prix to be held at Interlagos resulted in second place finishes for the driver starting eighth on the grid. Since then there have been a further three podium finishes from this grid slot, including a win for Giancarlo Fisichella in 2003. In the last fourteen Brazilian Grands Prix, there have been only three occasions that the driver starting here has not finished in the top ten.
The driver starting ninth has not scored in any of the last three races to be held at Interlagos. In the last seventeen Interlagos races, the driver starting ninth has scored only five times and has finished in the top ten seven times. The best result from this grid slot is second, recorded by Patrick Depailler in 1976. Nick Heidfeld also finished on the podium from here in 2001, finishing third. From the top ten grid slots, this one has had far fewer points-scoring races than any other slot, with only nine.
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton recorded the furthest back win so far at Interlagos with tenth place. The driver scheduled to start tenth has scored in six of the last eight Brazilian Grands Prix, and that includes 2015 when the slot was left vacant following a pit lane start for Carlos Sainz. Three podium finishes have been recorded from third on the grid. Aside from Hamilton’s win, Jochen Mass and Alan Jones each finished third in 1975 and 1980 respectively
Eleventh on the grid has suffered 20 non-finishes in the 38 races held at Interlagos, giving it the highest DNF rate of any grid slot at the circuit. The driver starting here retired in every race at the track between 1975 and 1991, and failed to finish six times consecutively between 2003 and 2008. Daniel Ricciardo’s fourth place in 2018 marked the first time the grid slot has scored points since 2011 and Ricciardo went on to finish sixth from this grid slot in 2019.
After two years of consecutive Brazilian Grand Prix retirements in 2016 and 2017, the driver starting twelfth has scored in each of the last three races at the Interlagos track. Just one podium finish has come from this grid slot; a third place finish for Tom Pryce in 1976.
In three of the last five Brazilian Grands Prix, the driver starting thirteenth has failed to finish the event. Felipe Massa crashed out in the slippery conditions in 2016, Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in a first lap collision in 2017 and Nico Hulkenberg retired with overheating issues in 2018. Thirteenth position on the grid has had eighteen non-finishes in total – the second most of any grid slot. The grid slot has scored only once in the last ten races at the track.
The fourteenth grid slot is the only one from the second half of the grid at Interlagos which has supplied points finishes on more than ten occasions. The grid slot has scored points in four of the last nine races here. The driver starting fourteenth has retired from each of the last two Brazilian Grands Prix.
Olivier Panis was the last driver to record a non-finish at Interlagos having started from fifteenth on the grid back in 2003. Though the grid slot has only scored seven times in total, three of those occasions have been in the past six seasons. Pastor Maldonado finished tenth in 2015, Carlos Sainz finished sixth in 2016 and Sergio Perez finished ninth in 2019. The best ever finish for this grid slot was fourth for Sebastian Vettel in 2009.
In 2019, Daniil Kvyat scored the first point from sixteenth on the grid at the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2011. It was only the third time that the grid slot has scored in total, as well as being the eleventh top ten finish for a driver starting here. The best ever finish from this grid slot was fourth for Emerson Fittipaldi in 1977.
The driver starting seventeenth has scored three times at the Interlagos circuit, including in the first championship race at the track, when Arturo Merzario finished fourth. The best result from here came in 2009, when Lewis Hamilton recorded a podium result with third place. In the last eleven Interlagos races, Jean-Eric Vergne’s eighth place in 2012 is the only time that the driver starting here has scored. In 2019, Lance Stroll recorded the first retirement from this grid slot since 2007.
The driver starting from eighteenth on the grid has failed to pick up points or have a top ten finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix since Michael Schumacher finished seventh in 2004. The slot hasn’t given a finishing position higher than twelfth in any of the last sixteen Interlagos races, and has retired from almost half of those races. The slot has suffered seventeen non-finishes in total.
Sergio Perez’s sixth place finish in 2013 is the only occasion that the driver starting nineteenth has scored points at Interlagos. The driver starting here has finished in the top ten on ten occasions, but those other occasions were in the lower realms of the top ten, before the positions awarded points. There have been no retirements from this grid slot since 2003.
In 2019, Carlos Sainz became the first driver to have scored points from twentieth on the grid at Interlagos. Sainz finished on the podium from twentieth, beating the previous best finish of seventh for this grid slot, scored by Marc Surer back in 1980. There have been only five top ten finishes from twentieth on the grid at this circuit, Sainz’s was the first since Jenson Button finished tenth for Benetton in 2001.
There have been three pit lane starts at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz retired having started from the pit lane in 2015, Lewis Hamilton finished fourth having started from the pits in 2017 and Kimi Raikkonen drove from the pit lane to twelfth in 2021.