While Ferrari have more wins at Interlagos than any other team, Red Bull and Mercedes are the most recent winners at the track. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
WINS: 5, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 10
2021 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 3rd
Mercedes have won at the Brazilian Grand Prix five times, scoring 1-2 finishes in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and recording their latest win at Interlagos in 2018 and 2021. In 2019, for the first time since 2013, neither Mercedes driver appeared on the podium in Brazil. Lewis Hamilton finished seventh while Valtteri Bottas recorded the team’s first ever retirement at the circuit. The team has scored on all eleven 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 in addition to Bottas’ DNF where a Mercedes driver has failed to score at Interlagos. In 2021, Hamilton won from tenth on the grid, while Bottas joined him on the podium in third place.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest qualifying time at Interlagos in 2021, but was disqualified from the session and subsequently started Sprint Qualifying from the back of the grid. He went on to make up fifteen places in the sprint race, while Valtteri Bottas secured pole position. 2019 is the only time since 2012 that neither Mercedes driver qualified on the front row at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The team took pole in every year between 2014 and 2018. Mercedes locked out the front row at Interlagos in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 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 Hamilton was eliminated in Q1 at the circuit in 2017, failing to set a time after crashing out.
Red Bull took four wins in the five Interlagos races between 2009 and 2013, with 1-2 finishes in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2019, Max Verstappen secured the team’s first win at the track since 2013. Verstappen has scored three further podiums for the team at the circuit, with third place in 2016 and finishing as runner-up in 2018 and 2021. 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 eleven races here, while 2006 and 2008 are the only years in which neither car featured in Q3. The team have taken pole position here three times, in 2011 and 2013 with Sebastian Vettel and in 2019 with Max Verstappen. In addition, Verstappen started Sprint Qualifying from the front of the grid in 2021. The team have a single front row lock-out at the track here, in 2011.
WINS: 5, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 11
2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 2nd, PEREZ 4th
WINS: 8, POLES: 9, PODIUMS: 24
2021 RESULT: NORRIS 10th, RICCIARDO DNF
Jenson Button’s 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix win was McLaren’s last for almost nine years. McLaren celebrated their first podium finish since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz finishing third in 2019. With Lando Norris also finishing eighth, it was the first season since 2014 that both McLaren drivers have scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Norris scored only a single point here in 2021, while Daniel Ricciardo retired from the race. From 2015 to 2019, Fernando Alonso was 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 28 of F1’s 38 visits.
For the first time since 2014, both McLaren drivers reached Q3 at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2021. At least one McLaren has been eliminated in Q1 at the circuit in four of the last six Interlagos races. The team have recorded three double Q1 exits at the track, most recently in 2018. 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.
Under their Jordan guise between 1991 and 2005, 2000 – when both cars finished in the top four – is the only season in which both of the Silverstone-based team’s cars reached the end of the race. Giancarlo Fisichella recorded Jordan’s last win at the Interlagos circuit in 2003. That would remain the Silverstone-based team’s last win until the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. The team scored at least one point in all of their last six visits to the track under their Force India and Racing Point guises. On their first appearance as Aston Martin in 2021, neither driver scored. The team has recorded three retirements in the last four races at the circuit – the last two being recorded by Lance Stroll in 2019 and 2021. Sergio Perez’s fourth place in 2016 remains the team’s best Brazilian Grand Prix result since Fisichella’s 2003 win.
The Silverstone-based team’s best qualifying result at Interlagos was recorded by Rubens Barrichello for Jordan in 1996, when he lined up on the front row at his home race. The team has not reached Q3 at the track since 2017, but Sebastian Vettel did qualify tenth in 2021 thanks to Sprint Qualifying. 2016 was the first time since 2001 that both of the team’s cars qualified in the top ten at the circuit. Adrian Sutil recorded the team’s second-best qualifying result with third on the grid for Force India in 2009 – though his race was short-lived after a first-lap collision with Jarno Trulli. Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2014 in 2019. He was also out in Q1 in 2021.
WINS: 1*, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3*
2021 RESULT: VETTEL 11th, STROLL DNF
WINS: 1*, POLES: 2*, PODIUMS: 12*
2021 RESULT: OCON 8th, ALONSO 9th
Michael Schumacher gave Benetton two victories at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995. That remains the last time that the Enstone team have won at Interlagos. The team have recorded a further nine podium finishes here, most recently with a second place for Fernando Alonso in 2008. Daniel Ricciardo’s sixth place in 2019 marked the team’s best result at the track since Alonso’s last podium. With Esteban Ocon eighth and Alonso ninth, 2021 was the first time both of the Enstone team’s cars have scored points in a single Interlagos race since 2015.
The Enstone-based team has recorded a single pole position at Interlagos. That came courtesy of Fernando Alonso in 2005. Michael Schumacher is the only other driver to have recorded front row starts for the team, doing so for Benetton in his first two title-winning years. Since 2014, 2017 is the only year in which both of Team Enstone’s cars have reached Q3.
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 nine races here. Up until 2019, Kimi Raikkonen’s spin out of the rain-hit 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix had been the team’s only failure to finish at the track since 2004. However, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided in 2019, leading to a Ferrari double DNF – their third at Interlagos. 1980, 1993 and 2003 are the only other years in which Ferrari have left the track point-less. In 2021, Charles Leclerc finished fifth with Carlos Sainz just behind in sixth.
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 38 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. The 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix was the first time since 2016 that neither Ferrari driver appeared on the front row at Interlagos.
WINS: 9, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 27
2021 RESULT: LECLERC 5th, SAINZ 6th
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1
2021 RESULT: GASLY 7th, TSUNODA 15th
The former Toro Rosso team celebrated their second-best ever result at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, as Pierre Gasly finished as runner-up. It was the first time the team had scored here since 2016. Furthermore, with Daniil Kvyat finishing tenth, it was the first time both Toro Rosso cars had picked up points at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Brendon Hartley are the only other drivers to have recorded a DNF with Toro Rosso at the track, in 2007, 2015 and 2017 respectively. The team have scored points in eight of their fifteen races here.
A driver for the Red Bull junior team has appeared in Q3 in each of the last three Interlagos races. 2021 was the first time neither driver was eliminated in Q1 at the track since 2016. 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 the team has qualified in the top six for the Brazilian Grand Prix – though Pierre Gasly set the fourth fastest time in conventional qualifying at the circuit in 2021.
Sauber 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. In 2018, Charles Leclerc recorded the team’s best finish here since Kubica’s 2009 podium, with seventh. Then in 2019, in their first race here as Alfa Romeo, the team finished in fourth and fifth in their best result of the season. It was the first time since 2007 that both of the team’s cars have finished in the points.
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. In 2021, both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were out in Q2. Raikkonen ultimately started the race from the pit lane.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2*
2021 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 12th, GIOVINAZZI 14th
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0
2021 RESULT: MAZEPIN 17th, SCHUMACHER 18th
Haas scored at the Brazilian Grand Prix for the first and so far only time in 2018. 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. Neither car scored in 2019 or 2021, but both drivers made it to the end of the Grands Prix.
Haas recorded their first double Q3 appearance at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2019. Romain Grosjean has reached Q3 here three times with the team. The Frenchman qualified in seventh in 2016 and in ninth in 2018. In 2019, Grosjean qualified eighth while Kevin Magnussen qualified tenth. 2021 was the first time that the team recorded a Q1 exit at the circuit.
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 sixteen races, Felipe Massa’s podium in 2014 is the only time a Williams driver has finished in the top three at the track. Neither Williams has scored a point here in any of the last three races here, with Massa’s seventh place in 2017 being the only time a Williams driver has scored at Interlagos in the last six races.
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. Williams’ only Q3 appearance at the track in the last five races at the circuit came courtesy of Felipe Massa in 2017. The team recorded their third double Q1 exit at the track in 2021. Both cars also exited in Q1 in 2008 and 2019.
WINS: 4, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 12
2021 RESULT: RUSSELL 13th, LATIFI 16th
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