Formula One heads into the penultimate round of the 2015 season in Brazil. Lewis Hamilton has never won round here, can he break the curse and win here on Sunday?
Brazil first came onto the F1 calendar in 1973. Interlagos has hosted 32 grand prixs. Brazil has also given Formula One some drivers such as:
Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa.
Rubens Barrichello, the most unluckiest of these drivers not to win on home soil. In 19 races, he was on pole position three times, he recorded 11 DNFs, 8 of those straight retirements during 1995 and 2003 and only one podium finish in 2004 with 3rd.
The most memorable grand prix for me was in 2008, when Hamilton clinched the title on the final lap. Felipe Massa won the race but a late rain shower put Hamilton equal on points with Massa. Toyota’s Timo Glock was struggling on his dry weather tyres and on the final corner Hamilton was able to pass him and into 5th place. That was enough for Hamilton to take the title away from Massa.
That race was also David Coulthard’s final race after 246 race starts.
Surprisingly, Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have never won round here. While Massa, won in 2006 and 2008 and Sebastian Vettel, won in 2010 and 2013 have won twice. Kimi Raikkonen, won in 2007, Jenson Button, won in 2012 and Nico Rosberg won in 2014 have won once.
Hamilton has been on the podium twice, 3rd in 2009 and 2nd in 2014. Alonso has had eight podiums.
More importantly that, Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Button and Vettel have won their own title in Brazil.
Ferrari and McLaren are tied on eight wins each. But McLaren have 9 pole positions to Ferrari’s eight. Red Bull have won round here 4 times in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr are the only Brazilians racing here this weekend for Williams and Sauber.
One of the biggest stories this weekend is that Red Bull will be on the grid in 2016 despite no engine as yet, according to team principal Christian Horner.
The race will be over 71 laps with the Soft and Medium compound tyre being available to use.