2014 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix
The penultimate round of the 2014 Formula One World Championship goes to São Paulo and the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known by the name of the suburb in which it resides: Interlagos. The shortest of the permanent F1 circuits, Interlagos crams a lot into its 4.309km. The 15 turns swoop and dip across the hillside, linking high-speed, full-throttle blasts with an intricate, looping middle sector.
Interlagos offers plenty of overtaking opportunities and, roared on by a huge crowd jammed into the tight confines of the narrow circuit, the race is always captivating.
It’s been the site of some famous McLaren victories, starting with Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974 (on the old, longer version of the track) and in more recent times Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen, David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jenson Button. It was also the venue for the pure theatre that was Lewis Hamilton’s last-gasp World Championship triumph in 2008.