High Hopes for Brazilian Grand Prix as Red Bull Seeks to Extend Dominance

BRAZIL: As records continue to fall in favour of Red Bull and Max Verstappen, the Formula 1 community eagerly anticipates the Brazilian Grand Prix at the beloved Interlagos circuit.

Known for its old-school charm, vibrant atmosphere, and unpredictable weather, Interlagos has solidified its place as one of the most thrilling races of the season.

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The Autódromo José Carlos Pace, originally a colossal 7.96km track with 26 turns, has evolved since its inception, now standing at 4.3km in length.

Though some high-speed corners have been lost over the years, the track remains a cherished fixture on the F1 calendar.

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The Interlagos circuit boasts 15 turns, blending slow, cambered corners with heart-pounding sweeps. In wet conditions, the track transforms into treacherous terrain, demanding precise throttle control.

Situated at a considerable altitude, Interlagos offers some of the season’s most dramatic elevation changes, challenging both drivers and their finely tuned machines.

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The three sectors of the track will be key indicators of car setup. Sectors one and three demand maximum throttle, testing straight-line performance. In contrast, sector two, a slower, higher-downforce section, features the majority of the circuit’s corners, presenting teams with a delicate balancing act.

Turn 1, leading into the famed ‘Senna S’ sequence, offers the primary overtaking opportunity. Should drivers miss their chance, they’ll have another shot at Turn 4, Descida do Lago. Unlike the scorching temperatures in Mexico City, Interlagos promises milder conditions, with tires and brakes enduring less stress.

Mercedes surprised in 2022 with a remarkable sprint-and-grand prix victory in Brazil. Looking ahead to 2023, they target Brazil as their best chance to secure a win and avoid a winless season. Ferrari, on the other hand, seeks to maintain its one-lap dominance and improve race pace.

Lando Norris’s impressive recovery in Mexico hints at McLaren’s potential for a podium finish. Meanwhile, the intriguing battle lies among this season’s backmarkers, with AlphaTauri showing promise after a late surge in Mexico.

As the paddock converges on Interlagos, eyes will be on Red Bull and Max Verstappen, but surprises are always in store at this legendary circuit. The Brazilian Grand Prix promises to deliver yet another unforgettable chapter in the 2023 F1 season.

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Originally posted 2023-11-02 08:40:00.