Brazilian Grand Prix 2012, São Paulo - Race 20/20

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São Paulo

In 1938 a huge plot of land was bought in Sao Paulo by two local property developers who intended to build a large housing development. It soon became clear, however, that one part of the land was not suitable for housing and so they decided to build a racing circuit instead. Sao Paulo grew at an incredible speed though and soon the circuit was surrounded by houses.

When, in the 1970s, Emerson Fittipaldi began to have international success, the Brazilians started to want a Grand Prix. In 1971 and 1972 Interlagos hosted non-championship events but in 1973 the track staged its first championship Grand Prix. The track became a lucky charm for local racers, Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace and Carlos Reutemann all taking the spoils of victory in the 1970s. Interlagos was the scene of Pace's first and only Formula One triumph, and following his death in a plane crash the circuit was renamed in his honour.

In 1978 the Grand Prix moved to Rio, but in 1979 Interlagos got its race back. By 1981, however, Rio had retaken the Grand Prix, Sao Paulo's slums being at odds with the glamorous image Formula One wanted to portray. When a $15m redevelopment programme was agreed in the heyday of Ayrton Senna, a Sao Paulo local, the race finally switched back to Interlagos.

And there it has stayed. Since Senna's death there has been no Brazilian world champion, but the passion of the Brazilian fans keeps the sport coming back every year.


Session Times

Fri 23 Nov 2012
Practice 1 12:00 - 13:30
Practice 2 16:00 - 17:30

Sat 24 Nov 2012
Practice 3 13:00 - 14:00
Qualifying 16:00

Sun 25 Nov 2012
Race 16:00


Sky times
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All live on Sky Sports F1. For BBC times and info see here. FIA 2011 race edit can be found here.


Race preview -


Track:

Track Diagram

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Track DRS

Back straight


Circuit information

Number of Laps: 71
Circuit Length: 4.309 km
Race Distance: 305.909 km
Lap Record: 1:11.473 - JP Montoya (2004)



Current Standings

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Technical Changes

http://www.formula1.com/news/technical/



Photos from the event

Thursday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/883/general/thursday.html

Friday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/883/general/friday.html

Saturday - http://www.formula1.com/gallery/race/2012/883/general/saturday.html

Sunday -


FIA Press Conference

Thursday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/11/14094.html

Friday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/11/14108.html

Saturday - http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/11/14116.html

Sunday -


Practice 1
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                   Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m14.131s            33
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m14.140s  + 0.009   35
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m14.198s  + 0.067   34
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m14.217s  + 0.086   31
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m14.392s  + 0.261   28
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m14.716s  + 0.585   29
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m14.719s  + 0.588   33
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m14.738s  + 0.607   34
 9.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m15.015s  + 0.884   37
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1m15.050s  + 0.919   32
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m15.114s  + 0.983   36
12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m15.255s  + 1.124   31
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m15.396s  + 1.265   32
14.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m15.413s  + 1.282   23
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m15.587s  + 1.456   35
16.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m15.701s  + 1.570   16
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m16.048s  + 1.917   35
18.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m16.315s  + 2.184   36
19.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m16.460s  + 2.329   32
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth      1m16.506s  + 2.375   31
21.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault       1m16.617s  + 2.486   30
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth      1m17.234s  + 3.103   26
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth           1m17.678s  + 3.547   15
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m17.895s  + 3.764   13


Practice 2
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m14.026s           35
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m14.300s  + 0.274  40
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m14.523s  + 0.497  37
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m14.553s  + 0.527  37
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m14.592s  + 0.566  37
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m14.654s  + 0.628  36
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m14.669s  + 0.643  40
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m14.863s  + 0.837  40
 9.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m14.994s  + 0.968  37
10.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m15.129s  + 1.103  39
11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m15.131s  + 1.105  40
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m15.371s  + 1.345  39
13.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m15.432s  + 1.406  45
14.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m15.542s  + 1.516  35
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m15.839s  + 1.813  43
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m15.902s  + 1.876  39
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m15.953s  + 1.927  47
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m16.048s  + 2.022  40
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m16.126s  + 2.100  39
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m16.655s  + 2.629  42
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m17.244s  + 3.218  15
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m17.675s  + 3.649  42
23.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m18.127s  + 4.101  31
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m18.139s  + 4.113  15


Practice 3
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps[/b]
 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m13.188s            22
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m13.245s  + 0.057   21
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m13.385s  + 0.197   25
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m13.389s  + 0.201   17
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m13.420s  + 0.232   24
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m13.486s  + 0.298   21
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m13.602s  + 0.414   22
 8.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m13.691s  + 0.503   15
 9.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m13.700s  + 0.512   20
10.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m13.712s  + 0.524   17
11.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m13.948s  + 0.760   20
12.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m14.126s  + 0.938   25
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m14.190s  + 1.002   26
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m14.192s  + 1.004   21
15.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m14.347s  + 1.159   24
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m14.687s  + 1.499   21
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m14.972s  + 1.784   19
18.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m15.159s  + 1.971   22
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m15.707s  + 2.519   21
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m15.763s  + 2.575   23
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m16.059s  + 2.871   21
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m16.198s  + 3.010   15
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m16.793s  + 3.605   18
24.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         no time               3


Qualifying
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver                Team                 Time           Gap   [/b]
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m12.458s
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m12.513s   + 0.055
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m12.581s   + 0.123
 4.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m12.760s   + 0.302
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m12.987s   + 0.529
 6.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m13.174s   + 0.716
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m13.206s   + 0.748
 8.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m13.253s   + 0.795
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m13.298s   + 0.840
10.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m13.489s   + 1.031
Q2 cut-off time: 1m14.048s                                   Gap **
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m14.121s   + 0.912
12.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m14.219s   + 1.010
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m14.234s   + 1.025
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m14.334s   + 1.125
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m14.380s   + 1.171
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m14.574s   + 1.365
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m14.619s   + 1.410
Q1 cut-off time: 1m16.744s                                    Gap *
18.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m16.967s   + 1.892
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m17.073s   + 1.998
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m17.086s   + 2.011
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m17.508s   + 2.433
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m18.104s   + 3.029
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m19.576s   + 4.501
24.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m19.699s   + 4.624


Race
Code:
[b]Pos  Driver        Team                       Time[/b]
 1.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           1h45:22.656
 2.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +     2.754
 3.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     3.615
 4.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +     4.936
 5.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +     5.708
 6.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     9.453
 7.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    11.900
 8.  Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    28.600
 9.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    31.200
10.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +     1 lap
11.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
12.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
14.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
15.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
16.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
17.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
18.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
19.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +    3 laps


Code:
[b]World Championship standings, round 20:                [/b]

[b]Drivers:                    Constructors:             [/b]
 1.  Vettel       281        1.  Red Bull-Renault          460
 2.  Alonso       278        2.  Ferrari                   400
 3.  Raikkonen    207        3.  McLaren-Mercedes          378
 4.  Hamilton     190        4.  Lotus-Renault             303
 5.  Button       188        5.  Mercedes                  142
 6.  Webber       179        6.  Sauber-Ferrari            126
 7.  Massa        122        7.  Force India-Mercedes      109
 8.  Grosjean      96        8.  Williams-Renault           76
 9.  Rosberg       93        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         26
10.  Perez         66       
11.  Hulkenberg    63       
12.  Kobayashi     60       
13.  Schumacher    49       
14.  Di Resta      46       
15.  Maldonado     45       
16.  Senna         31       
17.  Vergne        16       
18.  Ricciardo     10
 
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Could a passing mod please add a poll - 'Who will win the WDC? Vettel or Alonso' - thanks.
 

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Woooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooo!!!! F1 B2B, F1 Weekend, Title Decider, Epic fans, History, the lot.

Thanks Duke

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So my prediction stated in the Singapore thread has come to fruition. It has gone down to the wire, Vettel heads into it some points ahead but I think Alonso will be crowned Champion this Sunday.

I can see Vettel getting a DNF here.
 
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Massa to tell Alonso how to do well. Lol wut?
Ferrari 1-2 ? :D

I actually would quite like Senna and Massa to do well here. I've often had soft spots for the brazilians when racing at their home track for some reason.

Didn't Alonso say he thought he could best Vettel here, because Vettel has traditionally not been great here.

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Massa to tell Alonso how to do well. Lol wut?
Ferrari 1-2 ? :D

I actually would quite like Senna and Massa to do well here. I've often had soft spots for the brazilians when racing at their home track for some reason.

Didn't Alonso say he thought he could best Vettel here, because Vettel has traditionally not been great here.

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It wasn't too long ago, maybe 2010/11 where Vettel didn't make Q3.

Edit - maybe not, he's come 4th, second and 1st since 2009 :E

Oh I was right, he qualified 16th in 2009... went on to finish 4th. If he qualifies as bad and there is rain he could be in deep .....
 
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RB have the new spec alternator - the one everyone thought they had at the previous race but turned out they used the older one again.
 
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The old one was on their cars last race, they used it as it worked before but went pop. So they will now use the (updated) new one.
 
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Cheers Duke :)

Yay, 1 week gap and a great track too... Just a shame it's the last of the season.

Hopefully it'll be an epic final race... and Alonso steals it :p
 
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Hopefully Alonso does it, the Skeeter meltdown which is already in full swing would be brilliant to read :D

Can't see Seb losing it though.
 
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On the one hand I can see Seb winning it easily....

but on the other hand, the scene is set for one of those poetic F1 races, full of drama, where the impossible is possible and Alonso ends up crowned Champion.
 
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Best track of the year, best race of the year and I am out during the afternoon and will miss it :mad:

Europa League needs to be banned when the F1 is about to finish to avoid sunday football.

At least it is a BBC race so the whole thing will be on iplayer afterwards, just have to bury my head in the sand till it's on.... (on the plus I get to watch P1-3 and the quali like a proper F1 fan...)
 
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I think massa will go we'll here. He seems to go beast mode when here and is in decent form.

Hamilton is also in great form which us not good for vettel.

Would Hamilton move over to help Alonso :p
 
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