City: Sao Paulo
Time zone: GMT -2/CET -3
Population: 15 million
Sao Paulo is 9,500km (5,903 miles) from the McLaren Technology Centre.
As with all of the flyaway races, the pre-set-up crew headed to Sao Paulo 10 days before the race. The mechanics followed on Sunday night, arriving on the Monday morning of race week, with the engineers following 48 hours later.
Biggest travel headache?
From an organisational point of view, the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the easiest races on the calendar. The team stays at the same hotel, the Hilton Morumbi, and visas are not required, which reduces the amount of paperwork ahead of the race. However, there are still some travel headaches, such as yellow fever jabs for everyone attending the race.
Sao Paulo has the third-largest concentration of skyscrapers in the world, behind New York and Hong Kong.
Brazil has many cultural influences, all of which combine to make the country a culinary delight. Meat is a staple in many dishes, a highlight of which is Feijoada. The ingredients are salty meat, rice, beans and farofa, a toasted manioc flour mix.
When in Rome…
Jacarepagua, in Rio de Janeiro, is Brazil’s only other grand prix venue. It staged the race between 1981 and ’89, but there’s little left of the circuit after it was built on ahead of last year’s summer Olympic Games. However, the Interlagos kart track is worth a visit. It kick-started the careers of Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa and it’s situated adjacent to the F1 track.
The weather is notoriously unreliable in Sao Paulo. Temperatures are currently around 22 degrees and sunshine is expected over the race weekend. But you can never discount the possibility of rain – it’s Sao Paulo!