The polesitter has won seven of the last nine 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 7 of last 9 races
- Furthest back win from 10th
- 11th 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 nine 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 and 2021.
16 of the 39 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 18 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 ten of the last 13 Interlagos races, including five wins and five runner-up spots. The driver starting second has finished where they started in each of the last two Sao Paulo Grands Prix.
The driver starting here has scored points 33 times – that’s more than any other grid slot at Interlagos.
In the last 21 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 16 podium finishes from third on the grid, but none since 2017. The driver starting here has retired only once in the last 12 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 13 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 14 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.
The driver starting sixth has retired from two of the last four races in Brazil.
In 2022, Carlos Sainz became the first driver to record a podium finish from seventh on the grid at Interlagos since Fernando Alonso in 2012.
Ihe last 13 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 13th in 2019. 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 2022, Kevin Magnussen recorded the first retirement from eighth on the grid at Interlagos since 2006.
The driver starting ninth has not scored in any of the last four races to be held at Interlagos, finishing 11th in each of the last three events. In the last 20 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 nine 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
11th on the grid has suffered 21 non-finishes in the 39 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. The last two races at the circuit have resulted in retirements for the driver starting 11th.
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 12th went on to score in all of the next three Interlagos races. Zhou Guanyu’s 12th place in 2022 ended that three-race streak.
Just one podium finish has come from this grid slot; a third place finish for Tom Pryce in 1976. Antonio Giovinazzi recorded the grid slot’s fifth top five finish in 2019.
In three of the last six Brazilian Grands Prix, the driver starting 13th 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.
13th position on the grid has had 18 non-finishes in total – the second most of any grid slot. The grid slot has scored only once in the last 11 races at the track.
The 14th 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 five of the last ten races here. Valtteri Bottas’ ninth place in 2022 marked the first time since 2018 that the driver starting 14th made it to the end of the race.
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 eight times in total, four of those occasions have been in the past seven seasons. Pastor Maldonado finished tenth in 2015, Carlos Sainz finished sixth in 2016, Sergio Perez finished ninth in 2019 and Lance Stroll finished tenth in 2022. The best ever finish for this grid slot is fourth for Sebastian Vettel in 2009.
In 2019, Daniil Kvyat scored the first point from 16th on the grid at the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2011. The grid slot has now scored twice in the last three races at the venue, thanks to an eighth place finish for Esteban Ocon in 2022.
Ocon’s eighth place was only the fourth time that the grid slot has scored in total, as well as being the 12th 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 17th has scored four times at the Interlagos circuit, including in 2022 when Fernando Alonso finished didth.
The best result from 17th came in 2009, when Lewis Hamilton recorded a podium result with third place. In the last 12 Interlagos races, Jean-Eric Vergne’s eighth place in 2012 is the only other 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 18th 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 12th in any of the last 17 Interlagos races, and has retired from almost half of those races. The slot has suffered 17 non-finishes in total.
Sergio Perez’s sixth place finish in 2013 is the only occasion that the driver starting 19th 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 20th on the grid at Interlagos. Sainz did so by finishing on the podium, 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 four pit lane starts at Interlagos. Carlos Sainz retired having started from the pit lane in 2015, Lewis Hamilton finished fourth having started from the pits in 2017, Kimi Raikkonen drove from the pit lane to 12th in 2021 and Yuki Tsunoda finished 17th having made a pit lane start in 2022.
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