Formula One

Formula One - Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 24
SITE: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
TRACK: 4.309 km (2.677 miles), 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
ANNUAL: 41st
TELEVISION: NBC
START TIME: 11 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Nov. 23/11 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (retired)
LAPS: 71
MILES: 190.067 (305.909 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2004 (1 min., 10.646 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004 (1 hr., 28 mins., 1.451 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jenson Button26Sebastian Vettel4
2Fernando Alonso77Michael Schumacher13
3Felipe Massa58Jean-Eric Vergne17
4Mark Webber39Kamui Kobayashi14
5Nico Hulkenberg610Kimi Raikkonen8
2012 Brazilian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 174.178 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 22.656 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.7 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 19
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 9
FASTEST LAP: Lewis Hamilton, 1:18.069, Lap 38
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:12.458)
Past Brazilian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Jenson Button (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 174.178 kph/1:45:22.656
2011 -- Mark Webber (2) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 198.876 kph/1:32:17.464
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (2) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 196.944 kph/1:33:11.803
2009 -- Mark Webber (2) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 198.697 kph/1:32:23.081
2008 -- Felipe Massa (1) -- Ferrari -- 194.865 kph/1:34:11.435
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (3) -- Ferrari -- 207.972 kph/1:28:15.270
2006 -- Felipe Massa (1) -- Ferrari -- 199.731 kph/1:31:53.751
2005 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (2) -- Williams-BMW -- 205.439 kph/1:29:20.574
2004 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (2) -- Williams-BMW -- 208.516 kph/1:28:01.451
2003 -- Giancarlo Fisichella (8) -- Jordan-Ford -- 152.902 kph/1:31:17.748
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Ferrari -- 200.098 kph/1:31:43.663
2001 -- David Coulthard (5) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 185.373 kph/1:39:00.834
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:35.271
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:36:03.785
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:37:11.747
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:06.990
1996 -- Damon Hill (1) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:49:52.976
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Bennetton-Renault -- 1:38:34.154
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (2) -- Bennetton-Ford -- 1:35:38.759
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (3) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:51:15.485
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:36:51.85
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:38:28.128
1990 -- Alain Prost (6) -- Ferrari -- 1:37:21.258
1989 -- Nigel Mansell (6) -- Ferrari -- 1:38:58.744
1988 -- Alain Prost (3) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:36:06.857
1987 -- Alain Prost (5) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:39:45.141
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (2) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:39:32.583
1985 -- Alain Prost (6) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:41:26.115
1984 -- Alain Prost (4) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:42:34.492
1983 -- Nelson Piquet (4) -- Brabham-BMW -- 1:48:27.731
1982 -- Alain Prost (1) -- Renault -- 1:44:33.134
1981 -- Carlos Reutemann (2) -- Williams-Ford -- 2:00:23.66
1980 -- Rene Arnoux (6) -- Renault -- 1:40:01.33
1979 -- Jacques Laffite (1) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:40:09.64
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann (4) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:59.86
1977 -- Carlos Reutemann (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:07.72
1976 -- Niki Lauda (2) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:16.78
1975 -- Carlos Pace (6) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:44:41.17
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:24:37.06
1973 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (2) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:43:55.6
Past Brazilian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 20
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 2
2010 -- Nico Hulkenberg -- 8
2009 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 8
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 1
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 2
2006 -- Felipe Massa -- 1
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 3
2004 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 3
2003 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 11
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 5
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 14
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 1
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 16
1994 -- Ayrton Senna -- 13
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 16
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 3
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 11
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- Disqualified
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 6
1986 -- Ayrton Senna -- 2
1985 -- Michele Alboreto -- 2
1984 -- Elio de Angelis -- 3
1983 -- Keke Rosberg -- Disqualified
1982 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1981 -- Nelson Piquet -- 12
1980 -- Jean-Pierre Jabouille -- 18
1979 -- Jacques Laffite -- 1
1978 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 18
1977 -- James Hunt -- 2
1976 -- James Hunt -- 16
1975 -- Jean-Pierre Jarier -- 16
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 18
Last Race Results
RACE: United States Grand Prix (Nov. 17)
SITE: Circuit of the Americas -- Austin, Texas
LAPS: 56
MILES: 191.939 (308.405 km)
WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Romain Grosjean
THIRD: Mark Webber
FOURTH: Lewis Hamilton
FIFTH: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr, 39 mins., 17.148 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 186.374 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 6.2 secs.
Brazilian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5 *Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jenson Button20731913553Won
Fernando Alonso4323220342
Felipe Massa811Won2Won---1553
Mark Webber181721209Won2Won4
Sebastian Vettel---------1844Won26
Nico Rosberg------22412166715
Lewis Hamilton---------75342220
Romain Grosjean---------------13------21
 
Mover of the Week
Esteban Gutierrez - started 20 and finished 13
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Brazilian Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos is the 19th and final round on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

Red Bull driver and four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will attempt to win his record-tying ninth consecutive grand prix this weekend in Brazil. Alberto Ascari holds the record for most victories in a row with nine, which he accomplished from the tail end of the 1952 season through the early part of the 1953 season.

Vettel will also try to match Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season. He scored his 12th victory this year in last Sunday's United States Grand Prix. Vettel won the Brazilian GP in 2010.

Alain Prost has the most victories in the Brazilian GP with six ((1982, '84, '85, '87, '88 and '90). Michael Schumacher won it four times (1994, '95, 2000 and '02).

Five Brazilian drivers have won their home grand prix: Emerson Fittipaldi (1973-74), Carlos Pace (1975), Nelson Piquet (1983 and '86), Ayrton Senna (1991 and '93), and Felipe Massa (2006 and '08).

The 2008 Brazilian GP featured one of the most thrilling championship climax of all time, with the title not decided until a half-minute after the winner had crossed the finish line. Massa won the race for Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton, then driving for McLaren, was running sixth on the final lap. Hamilton passed the Toyota of Tim Glock just before he crossed the line to finish fifth, allowing Hamilton to clinch the F1 world championship by only one point over Massa.

In 2007, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was crowned the world champion after winning the Brazilian GP. Raikkonen finished the season one point ahead of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who was Hamilton's teammate at McLaren at the time.

The 4.3-kilometer Interlagos layout has held the Brazilian GP since 1990. This race previously ran in Jacarepagua, located in Rio de Janeiro (1978 and 1981-89), and on the longer 8-kilometer Interlagos layout (1973-77 and 1979-80).

Altitude is a factor at Interlagos. The circuit is 2,624 feet above sea level. Cars require more wing for a given level of downforce than they would at sea level. However, the thinner air does mean a corresponding reduction in drag. For engines, the reduced amount of available oxygen leads to a decrease in power.

The 2014 F1 world championship begins with the March 16 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Kimi Raikkonen won last year's race there.

11/20 09:37:03 ET

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