- Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Laps = 71
Circuit_length_km = 4.309
Circuit_length_mi = 2.677
Race_length_km = 305.909
Race_length_mi = 190.067
First_held = 1972
Last_held = 2007
Most_wins_driver = flagicon|France
Most_wins_constructor = flagicon|UK
Current_year = 2007
Pole_driver = flagicon|Brazil
Pole_team = Ferrari
Pole_time = 1:11.931
Winner = flagicon|Finland
Winning_team = Ferrari
Winning_time = 1h 28m 15.270s
Second = flagicon|Brazil
Second_team = Ferrari
Second_time = +1.493s
Third = flagicon|Spain
Third_time = +57.019s
Fastest_lap_driver = flagicon|Finland
Fastest_lap_team = Ferrari
The Brazilian Grand Prix ( _pt. Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a
Formula Onechampionship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pacein Interlagos, a district in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
A Brazilian Grand Prix was first held at
Interlagosin 1972, although it was not part of the Formula One World Championship. The following year, however, the race was first included in the official calendar. In F1|1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguáin Rio de Janeiro, briefly returning to Interlagos for the next two seasons before becoming the sole host from F1|1981 onwards. In F1|1990 the Grand Prix returned to Interlagos, where it has stayed since. In F1|2005, for the first time, the Brazilian GP decided the World Championship, won by Fernando Alonso. On October 22, 2006, Felipe Massawon the Brazilian GP.
While the quality of its facilities are often questioned,Fact|date=February 2007 the Interlagos circuit has created some of the most exciting and memorable races in recent Formula One history, and is regarded as one of the most challenging and exciting circuits on the F1 calendar. Along with Spa-Francorchamps, it is rare in that the circuit in its modern form is one of the few with a lengthy history in the sport not considered to have lost much of its mystique or challenge in its adaptation for the modern, much more safety-conscious era of 21st century Formula One.
Particularly memorable recent Brazilian Grands Prix include the 2003 race, which saw a maiden Grand Prix victory, highly unexpectedly, and amidst chaotic and unusual circumstances, for Jordan's
Giancarlo Fisichella. Heavy rain before and during the race produced problems with tyre selection which caught out many teams, which allowed the weak Minarditeam to have a real chance for victory the only time ever, because they were the only team who prepared to the rainfall, but their drivers were also soon out. And treacherous track conditions caused multiple drivers to spin out of the race, including then-reigning World Champion Michael Schumacher, ending a remarkable run of race finishes dating back to the German Grand Prix 2001. Amidst this, a number of drivers, including McLaren's Kimi Räikkönenand David Coulthard, led the race, and, when a heavy accident involving Renault's Fernando Alonso blocked the circuit and brought out the red flag, confusion reigned. Fisichella led the race at the time, having just overtaken Räikkönen; however, it was the Finn who was declared the race winner under the count back rule, which stipulates that the race result in such circumstances is taken from the running order two laps prior to the race being stopped. This decision was overturned days later in the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris after new evidence came to light which proved that Fisichella had crossed the finish line in the lead for a second time "before" Alonso's accident, and therefore was the rightful winner.
The 2001 Grand Prix was notable for marking the explosive arrival of
Juan Pablo Montoyaonto the Formula One scene. The Colombian driver stunningly muscled his way past Michael Schumacher early on and led easily until an incident in which Arrows' Jos Verstappenran into the back of his Williams-BMW and ended his race. Montoya did eventually lay to rest the ghost of this event by winning the 2004 race in his final Grand Prix for Williams before moving to McLaren, holding off his future team-mate Kimi Räikkönen to take a hard-fought victory. Fernando Alonso became the youngest ever Formula One World Champion at the 2005 Brazilian Grand Prix, his third place behind winner Juan Pablo Montoya and championship rival Kimi Räikkönen enough to clinch the title with two races remaining.
For 2006 the Brazilian Grand Prix, as in 2004, was moved to the prestigious position of hosting the final round of the season, in what was Michael Schumacher's farewell to Formula One. Starting from 10th position on the grid, Schumacher did an astonishing job on his last race. He fell to 19th position on the ninth lap due to a flat tyre caused by a minor collision with Giancarlo Fisichella when the former was trying to overturn the latter. After pitting for a new tyre he returned to the race, just in front of leader Massa, so almost being overlapped, passing several drivers to take the chequered flag in fourth place, after a dazzling passing manoeuvre on Kimi Räikkönen. His performance was not enough to give 'Schumi' his eighth trophy, as Fernando Alonso, who needed only one point to become World Champion again, finished in second place. Brazilian Felipe Massa took
pole positionand led the race from start to finish for the second victory of his career and celebrations from his Brazilian supporters.
In March 2008, the mayor of São Paulo announced that he had signed a new deal with
Bernie Ecclestoneto continue the holding of the Brazilian Grand Prix. This deal allows the Brazilian race to be on the calendar until 2015. With this, Interlagos is set for major improvements in its pit and paddock facilities. [ Autosportmagazine, 27 March 2008p.11 ]
* [http://www.gpbrasil.com.br Brazilian Grand Prix (Official Site)]
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