Laps: 71 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local/16:00hrs GMT
The outside of the track, where pole position is located, holds a definite advantage because it’s on the racing line. It’s one of the shortest dashes of the year to Turn One, so the cars are still very congested when they turn in and there’s often contact.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Four.
Don't put the kettle on...
Last year’s race was atypical, due to the wet conditions. Lewis Hamilton won the race with three stints on the wet tyre; Max Verstappen, in third, split his race into six stints, alternating between the wet and intermediate tyres. If this year’s race is dry, the expectation is for one pitstop because Pirelli is taking relatively conservative tyre choices.
380m/0.236 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). It takes 20s to make a stop; drivers need to be careful not to cross the white line on pit entry.
What makes this race interesting...
The track layout and the weather both promote interesting racing. It’s also a great venue for spectators because there isn’t a bad vantage point around the lap, thanks to the track being situated on the side of a hill.
70 per cent. This race is traditionally incident-filled, with a Safety Car period or a Virtual Safety Car period occurring most years.
Watch out for...
The weather. Sao Paulo’s nickname is Terra da Garoa, “the land of drizzle”, and with good reason. Conditions can change quickly, which often leads to exciting races.