Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) – One week after running the United
States Grand Prix in Austin, Formula One is in South America for the Brazilian
Sunday’s Brazilian GP in Sao Paulo is the penultimate race of the season. F1
has been competing at this 2.677-mile (4.3-kilometer), 15-turn Interlagos
circuit each year since 1990.
After winning his fifth consecutive grand prix this past Sunday, Lewis
Hamilton holds a 24-point lead over teammate and championship rival Nico
The 2014 F1 season concludes with the Nov. 23 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a race
that will award double the amount of points. The winner of the Brazilian GP
will receive 25 points, while the winner of the Abu Dhabi will collect 50.
Hamilton is attempting to win his second F1 world championship.
“I do not come to the last two races with a particular game plan,” Hamilton
said. “I come to this race (Brazilian GP) with the same approach as the last
few races, or even the whole season. I want to win a championship by winning
races, and not necessarily by finishing fifth or whatever other result. It is
probably the most intense part of the season right now.”
In 2008 while driving for McLaren, Hamilton finished fifth in the season-
ending Brazilian GP and clinched his first title by only one point over Felipe
Massa, who drove for Ferrari at the time. Massa, a Brazilian, won his home
race that year.
On Friday, Rosberg led the way in both practice sessions for the Brazilian GP.
He topped the charts in P1 with a lap in 1 minute, 12.764 seconds and again in
P2 (1:12.123). Rain is in the forecast for Saturday’s qualifying session here.
“That was a good day, and we are very quick again at this circuit,” Rosberg
said. “The track has a new surface, which made it quite tricky. It’s smooth
and not quite so bumpy, as it has been in the past. But the tires were
blistering because of the high temperatures and the new asphalt. That was a
bit worrying. We are expecting it to be a bit cooler over the weekend. I’m
looking forward to tomorrow. It should be a great battle.”
Hamilton’s best lap in P1 was 0.221 seconds behind Rosberg. He trailed Rosberg
by 0.213 seconds in P2.
“The car felt good today,” Hamilton said. “There are a few improvements we can
make, but I just didn’t manage to put a lap together out there. That’s not a
big issue, though. It’s just practice, so that’s what we’re out there trying
Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, Nov. 9. Race: Brazilian Grand Prix. Site:
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos. Track: 2.677-mile (4.309-kilometer),
15-turn road course. Start Time: 11 a.m. ET. Laps: 71. Miles: 190.067 (305.909
km). 2013 Winner: Sebastian Vettel. Television: NBC.