This weekend sees the final Grand Prix in the 2013 formula 1 calendar taking place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo Brazil. One thing that will be guaranteed is that the Brazilians will be as passionate as ever about the arrival of F1 again to Sao Paulo.
The Autodromo Jose Pace circuit held its first Grand Prix in 1973, but it was them moved to Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro in 1978, and then it was back at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace until 1981. In 1981 the organisers did not feel the slums of Sao Paulo were in keeping with the glamour associated with F1, and the Brazilian Grand Prix’s permanent home became Rio. It took a multimillion dollar redevelopment investment from the US, before the race returned to Sao Paulo in 1990.
The Grand Prix only moved to Brazil in the first place due to the popularity and success that Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi was having in F1. Although the last Brazilian driver to become world champion was the late Ayrton Senna, the Brazilians passion for F1 has not diminished. The circuit itself is only one of a few circuits that runs anti-clockwise, and the track follows the natural contours of the land it is built on, giving it a reputation for being hard on the drivers and the cars alike.
This weekend all eyes are going to be on the Red Bull team. With his eighth consecutive race under his belt, Sebastian Vettel has set a new record of being the only driver to win 8 consecutive races in a single season. The question on everyone’s lips will be, can he do it again and make it nine wins in a row?
The Brazilian Grand Prix also sees Vettels Red Bull team mate, Mark Webber, ending his F1 career. Webber has admitted that he has found it difficult to stay motivated as the clock ticks down on his career, but that did not stop him from coming 3rd in last week’s US Grand Prix.
At last year’s race in Brazil it was Jenson Button who won, but with the McLaren team struggling to find enough power to take on the Red Bulls, the real money will be on Vettel to win, but I know there are many fans that would love to see Mark Webber win in Brazil on Sunday as he bows out of F1.
Like many F1 fans the winter break between each season seems a long time for me, but this year there is going to be a lot of questions still unanswered, and a lot to look forward to in the coming months as far as F1 is concerned.
We still don’t know if Perez will get a seat next season after he was let go by McLaren. It has already been announced that Kevin Magnussen will partner Jenson Button next season. Magnussen is a member of the McLaren’s driver development program, which by the way is the same route a certain young driver named Lewis Hamilton came through. Perez may not have a drive yet, but with Lotus, Force India, Sauber, and Caterham yet to announce their drivers for next year, who knows what partnerships could be added to the mix.
One of the main questions that will be resolved and answered in the run-up to the 2014 season is the changes to the engines in the cars. The new engines are going to be the 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines, and we will keep you abreast about all these new developments in later posts, so don’t forget to bookmark us in your favourites.
Once again here are those important dates for this weekend’s race coverage in the UK
First practice session on BBC2 at 13:00
Second practice session on BBC2 at 15:55
Third practice session BBC2 at 12:55
Qualifying BBC1 at 15:00
Grand Prix BBC1 15:00