1078th F1 GRAND PRIX | 2nd SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX | 40TH GRAND PRIX AT INTERLAGOS
2021 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2021 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Interlagos has been the scene of plenty of title deciders in Formula 1’s recent history. The 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix is set to take place on November 11-13.
Friday 11th November
Free Practice 1 – 12:30pm Local Time / 3:30pm UK Time
Qualifying – 4:00pm Local Time / 7:00pm UK Time
Saturday 12th November
Free Practice 2 – 12:30pm Local Time / 3:30pm UK Time
Sprint – 4:30pm Local Time / 7:30pm UK Time
Sunday 13th November
The 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time / 6:00pm UK Time
- The 41st lap of the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix will be the 2,500th racing lap to take place at Interlagos.
- Fernando Alonso will make his nineteenth appearance at Interlagos. He equals Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have made the most race starts at the circuit.
- Lando Norris will celebrate his 23rd birthday on the day of the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Norris becomes the fourth driver – after Jacky Ickx, Gianmaria Bruni and Felipe Massa – to race on their 23rd birthday.
- Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton can equal Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most wins at Interlagos. Schumacher won here four times during his career.
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WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO INTERLAGOS?
Details of track changes since the last race will be added here.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX?
It’s yet to be announced how many DRS zones there will be at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
INTERLAGOS TRACK GUIDE
Since its arrival on the calendar in 1973, the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, Brazil has hosted some dramatic races. The passionate fans together with the old school nature of the track layout always make the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend one to remember.
The Interlagos track is situated nine miles from the city centre of Sao Paulo. The neighbourhood had originally been plotting a racing circuit back in the 1920s, but this didn’t come to fruition for quite some time. Brazil’s history with motor racing began in 1934, with races on the Gavea circuit in Rio de Janeiro. Sao Paulo itself held a street race in 1936, but this was marred by a crash which resulted in the deaths of six spectators.
The plot of land which the Interlagos track is situated on – Interlagos meaning ‘between two lakes’ – had been set aside in 1926 for building houses on. However, such was the environment, the plot of land laid empty for years as it was unsuitable for the houses to be built. The financial situation due to the stock market crash in 1929 was also a factor in the area laying dormant. It instead became home to a demanding race track. The idea for a permanent circuit in the area was mooted in 1938, and was built by a construction company named Sanson over the next two years.
F1’s first venture into Brazil came in 1972 – the same year which the country had their first Brazilian F1 World Champion – and Carlos Reutemann won a non-championship round. The event proved Interlagos’ capability of holding a race, and in 1973 the circuit became home to the Brazilian Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
It has not yet been announced who will be the race director at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is yet to be announced.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli are yet to announce which tyre compounds they will supply for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX?
The championship battle heated up on and off track at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix with a typically dramatic weekend at Interlagos, where Lewis Hamilton fought back twice to take victory.
In Formula 1’s third Sprint Qualifying weekend of the season, Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday’s conventional qualifying session. However, the Mercedes driver was disqualified from the session for a DRS infringement. Max Verstappen was also fined €50,000 for touching Hamilton’s rear wing in parc fermé.
Controversies aside, and after a Free Practice 2 session in which Fernando Alonso set the fastest time, Hamilton started from the back of the grid while Verstappen led the field away from pole in Sprint Qualifying. However, his lead did not last long. Valtteri Bottas overtook at Turn 1 and went on to secure pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz almost found his way past Verstappen, but the Red Bull driver later took the place back.
All eyes were on Hamilton in Sprint Qualifying, who fought back from the rear of the grid to fifth. He incurred a further five place penalty for the Grand Prix after taking on a new internal combustion engine. He started the race from tenth on the grid.
As the Sao Paulo Grand Prix began on Sunday afternoon, Lando Norris picked up a puncture after contact with former team-mate Carlos Sainz. In a reverse of Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying, Verstappen took the lead from Bottas at Turn 1. After a wide moment for Bottas, Sergio Perez made it a Red Bull 1-2. Hamilton repeated his overtaking show, with him getting up into fourth after just ten laps and disrupting Red Bull’s 1-2 by overtaking Perez on Lap 19.
Bottas pitted under Virtual Safety Car conditions, allowing him to get back ahead of Perez and secure the final podium position. Out at the front, Hamilton closed in on Verstappen. Verstappen ran both cars off the track in an incident which was deemed not to be worthy of investigation. Hamilton made a more successful attempt a handful of laps later, with a race-winning move for the Mercedes driver.