2021 Brazilian Grand Prix Weekend Information

?? THE 2021 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 20. 5th – 7th November.

1055th F1 GRAND PRIX | 49TH BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX | 39TH GRAND PRIX AT INTERLAGOS

2019 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2019 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 5th November
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 2:30pm UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 6pm UK Time)

Saturday 6th November
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 6pm UK Time)

Sunday 7th November
The 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix (2pm Local Time/ 5pm UK Time)


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This will be the 100th Grand Prix in which a Monegasque driver has competed.
  • This will be the 99th Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have been team-mates. They will equal David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen as the drivers to have started the second-most races together at the same team.
  • This weekend will mark McLaren’s 900th Grand Prix start. They are only the second team to reach the milestone, after Ferrari.
  • Kimi Raikkonen will become the first driver to have started 350 races.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WEEKEND NOTES

Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.


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.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. The drivers appearing in the press conference are yet to be announced.

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.


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.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


TYRE SELECTIONS

In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.


2019 BRAZILIAN GP RECAP

A memorable race at Interlagos for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen win from pole position as Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz took their maiden podium finishes.

Carlos Sainz suffered an early exit from qualifying for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, with engine troubles seeing him start from the back of the grid. It was Max Verstappen who took pole position, lapping 0.123 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel, who started alongside him on the front row. At Turn 1, Lewis Hamilton swept by Vettel for second place as Verstappen maintained his lead up front. Charles Leclerc, who started from fourteenth following an engine penalty, made gains on the first lap. Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo battled over eleventh place, and a few laps later Ricciardo collided with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas as he attempted an overtake. Hamilton was first of the front-runners to pit, followed one lap later by Verstappen. The Red Bull driver was caught up in the pit-lane by Robert Kubica, with the pair almost colliding. That led to Verstappen emerging from the pit-lane behind Hamilton – but Verstappen made a bold move at the first turn on the next lap to re-assume the lead. After a 25 lap lull in proceedings, Valtteri Bottas retired from the race with a smoking engine, leading to a Safety Car period. Verstappen pitted, while Hamilton stayed out. The free pit stop gave Verstappen fresh rubber while allowing him to stay right on Hamilton’s tail at the restart. The pair went wheel to wheel again at Turn 1, with Verstappen again coming out on top. Behind them, Alex Albon passed Vettel for third place. That left the Ferrari pair running together, and disaster struck for the team a few laps later as the pair collided, ending both of their races. The safety car came out again, and it was a Red Bull 1-2-3 at the restart, with Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso in third place. Hamilton was soon by Gasly, and set about finding a way past Albon. But a mistake from the World Champion saw him collide with the Red Bull, allowing Gasly back through to an unlikely second place. Hamilton tried to fight the Toro Rosso, but Gasly held on to finish second behind Verstappen, taking the first podium finish of his career. Hamilton finished third, but a post-race penalty for his incident with Albon saw him demoted to seventh in the final order. All of that led to Sainz – who had started last – being promoted to the final podium spot, scoring McLaren’s first top three finish in over five years.


FASTEST EVER LAP


RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION

 Session201720182019
Free Practice 11:09.202 (Lewis Hamilton)1:09.011 (Max Verstappen)1:16.142 (Alex Albon)
Free Practice 21:09.505 (Lewis Hamilton)1:08.846 (Valtteri Bottas)1:09.217 (Sebastian Vettel)
Free Practice 31:09.281 (Valtteri Bottas)1:07.948 (Sebastian Vettel)1:08.320 (Lewis Hamilton)
Qualifying1:08.322 (Valtteri Bottas)1:07.281 (Lewis Hamilton)1:07.508 (Max Verstappen)
Grand Prix1:11.044 (Max Verstappen)1:10.540 (Valtteri Bottas)1:10.698 (Valtteri Bottas)

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