Twenty down, two to go…and the penultimate race of this Formula 1 campaign brings sprint qualifying to the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second year running.
Of the five sprint events that have been held in F1 since their introduction for 2021, Interlagos last season remains the most memorable – thanks to a stunning performance from Lewis Hamilton to offset most of the effects of a penalty and rise from 20th position to fifth in just 24 laps.
The Mercedes driver went on to win the race, and how he would love a fourth Sao Paulo triumph at a venue that holds happy memories for him – 2008 above all – and where the home crowd acclaim him as one of their own.
Mercedes are eager for a first success of the season, but they will have their work cut out given how dominant Max Verstappen and Red Bull have been on their way to a resounding title double.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix.
When is the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix?
Friday November 11
Free practice 1: 1230-1330 (1530-1630 UK time)
Qualifying: 1600-1700 (1900-2000 UK time)
Saturday November 12
Free practice 2: 1230-1330 (1530-1630 UK time)
Sprint: 1630-1730 (1930-2030 UK time)
Sunday November 13
Race: 1500 (1800 UK time)
Where does the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix take place?
Autódromo José Carlos Pace, more commonly referred to as Interlagos to reflect the area where it is based, is one of the longer-serving and most iconic venues on the Formula 1 calendar.
Ever since 1990 this famous venue has hosted a Brazilian-based grand prix, missing only 2020 due to the global pandemic.
But it first appeared in the World Championship way back in 1973, although gave way to the now demolished Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro in 1978 and then again from 1981-1989.
After doubts over the future of Interlagos and a possible switch to a new track in Rio was suggested, the Sao Paulo circuit’s future was saved by a new deal until 2025, with the event becoming officially known as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Consisting of 15 turns, Interlagos is a technically challenging 2.677-mile track where the weather is famous for changing in the blink of an eye and making an already tricky circuit even more demanding of a driver’s ability.
Since 2004 Interlagos has served as one of the latter races in the Formula 1 season, and over the years has served up many classic title deciders – those in 2007 (Kimi Raikkonen) and 2008 (Hamilton) being especially memorable.
Where can I watch the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix?
In the UK, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend, from FP1 to the race, on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV.
Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will broadcast highlights across the race weekend.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday to the race on Sunday.
The Brazilian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1, RTL
Japan: Fuji TV
What are the odds for the winner of the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix?
1/2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
5/1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
11/2 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
9/1 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
11/1 George Russell (Mercedes)
22/1 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
200/1 and bigger the remainder
All odds with PlanetSport Bet
What is the weather forecast for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix?
Friday November 11 – 24C, light cloud, gentle breeze, highest chance of rain during track times of 20%
Saturday November 12 – 24C, light rain showers, gentle breeze, highest chance of rain during track times of 24%
Sunday November 13 – 26C, light cloud, gentle breeze, highest chance of rain during race of 23%
Information courtesy of BBC Weather
Directions to the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix
São Paulo has several airports. Guarulhos (GRU) is the main one, while the second busiest is Congonhas (CGH) and Viracopos (VCP) is the smallest and least-known airport of the three.
From there, the best way to reach the circuit is to take the metro with other spectators, or a taxi/private hire vehicle. With a Bilhete Único smartcard, which is used for paying bus, metro and train fares and issued at underground stations, you can take the metro from virtually anywhere in the city to Autodromo metro station in Interlagos, just 600 metres from the circuit’s entrance.
Address: Av. Sen. Teotônio Vilela, 261 – Interlagos, São Paulo – SP, 04801-010, Brazil
Which drivers have won the Brazilian Grand Prix?
Alain Prost is the most successful driver in the history of the Brazilian Grand Prix with six triumphs, while McLaren are the most frequently-winning constructor with 12 victories.
The 2022 grid features only two repeat winners in Brazil, they being Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel has been victorious three times at Interlagos, winning in 2010 and 2013 for Red Bull, while his 2017 triumph came in Ferrari colours.
Hamilton drew level with the German last year and all of his victories have arrived as a Mercedes driver – although his most memorable moment in Sao Paulo, of course, arrived in 2008 in that dramatic conclusion which secured the Briton his first World Championship.
Last 10 winners of the Brazilian Grand Prix:
2021 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2019 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2018 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2017 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
2011 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Max Verstappen 416 points
Sergio Perez 280
Charles Leclerc 275
George Russell 231
Lewis Hamilton 216
Carlos Sainz 202
Red Bull 696 points
Tyre choices for the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix
Just like in Mexico last time out, Pirelli have opted to take the middle three compounds in their range.
Therefore, the C2 will be the hard, the C3 the medium and the C4 the soft.
Pirelli motorsport director Mario Isola said he expects “a lot of overtaking”.
Isola added: “There aren’t any big demands on the tyres in terms of traction and braking because it’s a very flowing layout, and the lack of slow corners means the teams are able to control the degradation on the rear tyres.”
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