Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

F1

ByTheMinF1

The Formula 1 circus heads to Brazil this weekend for one of the most important weekends of the season. Not only does the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paolo prepare to host it’s 36th Grand Prix event, but Nico Rosberg is basically one race win away from winning the Drivers’ crown for the first time.

It's a season where there has been at least one Mercedes car on the podium at every race except Spain. The two Silver Arrows famously ran into each other at Turn 4 and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen won that day. There's only 19 points separating the championship rivalling team-mates with two races to go. Nico Rosberg had almost a 50 point advantage after the summer break, too.

Here are the permutations for Sunday’s race:

Brazil has a history of title deciding races, especially over the past 15 years or so. There are five drivers in the 2016 field who have been involved in, and were victorious, winning the Drivers’ title for the first time. Fernando Alonso won both of his World Championships so far at Interlagos and Kimi Raikonnen won the Championship by a single point there in 2007.

Who could ever forget the epic finish to the race and championship when Lewis Hamilton became champion in 2008? Jenson Button’s sensational drive from 14th on the grid to the 5th place he needed in 2009 lives long in the memory, too. Since then, the only other title to be decided in Brazil was in 2012.

Some call the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix one of the greatest races of the 21st Century (Alongside the madness that was the Canadian GP 2011 and the German GP 2000). After two hours of chaos and finishing in the sixth place he needed, Sebastien Vettel won his third World Championship on the bounce, even after Fernando Alonso finished second behind Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber.

Enough about the chaos of the past decade or so and on to this weekend.

As I said earlier, Rosberg can win his first championship at the end of his 10th season in F1 but further down the field, there are a few tense and interesting battles for position. Having said that, the only real battle in the top six in the Drivers championship is between Kimi Raikonnen and Max Verstappen, with the Dutch driver is one point behind the Finn.

In the Constructors, Red Bull have almost, rather deservedly, wrapped up second place in the Constructors Championship ahead of Ferrari but main fight is for fourth with Force India 9 points ahead of Williams with two races left. Watch. This. Space.

The battle for tenth place is also rather tense to say the least. Manor Racing currently have one more point than Sauber and the team who finishes tenth get the last of the money ahead of the 11th place team. Sauber have had a rotten season and it would be a credible and notable result for Manor in their first season with Mercedes engines.