Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix- Race Preview

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Red Bull Racing wrapped up the Constructors Championship last weekend in Austin during the United States Grand Prix. This leaves the total focus on the Drivers Championship as all eyes turn to Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil to see whether Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull or Fernando Alonso of Ferrari will be taking home the coveted title and trophy. This will be Round 20 and the final Grand Prix of the 2012 season.

At one time, the Brazilian Grand Prix was held at the beginning of the season. Since being moved to the last Round of the Formula One season it has become a race of drama and excitement as a number of Championships have come down to the last race. This season proves no different as Vettel and Alonso race for the final time this year to decide the Drivers Championship. Both are seeking to become a three-time world Champion as they drive head-to-head around the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. The stakes could not be higher for either driver. 
Interlagos/FIA

Interlagos is an interesting circuit that has provided quality racing entertainment. It is a counter-clockwise circuit that was built to follow the existing terrain making it quite hilly and somewhat bumpy. It also demands more power from the cars as they maneuver hills and power out of turns that seem more like a roller-coaster than a Formula One circuit. This does, however, provide excellent overtaking opportunities while at the same time, braking zones that are both uphill and downhill create plenty of room for error- something neither of the prospective Champions wants, or can afford to make. The weather has often played a large part in this race with the safety car being deployed frequently in recent years. In fact, there are showers scheduled for Sunday along with a 15=degree drop in temperatures from practice and qualifying days. In short, Interlagos is a perfect venue for a Championship showdown. For up to the minute weather, you can check here.

Circuit Data:
  • Length of a lap: 2,677.49 miles
  • Lap record: 1:11,473 (Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 2004)
  • Total number of race laps: 71
  • Total race distance: 190.077 miles
Changes to the circuit since 2011:
  • New debris fences have been installed on both sides of the track between turns three and four
  • A curb has been installed on the apex of turn 15
  • Tube inserts have been placed in the tire barrier on the end of the wall at the pit entry.
Please join us as we follow the conclusion of the 2012 Formula One racing series.
For broadcast times see FORMULA ONE on SPEED's schedule here.


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