Formally known as Interlagos, the Autódromo José Carlos Pace has long been the venue of the Brazil Grand Prix.
Take a better look at the anti-clockwise circuit that Fernando and Stoffel will be driving this weekend.
|Track length||4.309km/2.677 miles (third-shortest track of the year – longest: Spa-Francorchamps, shortest: Monaco)|
|2016 pole position||Lewis Hamilton, 1m10.736s|
|2016 fastest lap||Max Verstappen, 1m25.305s (lap 67)|
|Lap record||1:11.473s (Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004)|
|Distance to Turn One||190m/0.118 miles (longest of season: Mexico 800m/0.497 miles)|
|Longest straight||650m/0.404 miles, on the approach to Turn One (longest of the season: Baku, 2.1km/1.305 miles)|
|Top speed||320km/h/199mph, on the approach to Turn One (fastest of season: Monza, 360km/h/224mph)|
|Full throttle||62 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)|
|Fuel consumption||1.49kg per lap, which is low|
|ERS demands||High. There is a relatively high amount of ERS deployment around the lap, but not many places in which to recover the energy through braking|
|Gear changes||42 per lap/2,982 per race|
The track has a lot of cambered corners, so front-locking can be an issue. Into Turn One, for example, the track drops away where the drivers are turning in and it’s easy to lock the front-left wheel. Fuel pick-up can also be an issue during qualifying because the car is constantly turning left from Turns 11 to 15.
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The way they use the kerbs. On a quick lap they’ll use the apex kerbs in many places, particularly at Turn Eight.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Turn One is the most obvious overtaking point on the lap, helped by the fact that it’s a difficult corner to get right. It’s preceded by a long straight, so entry speeds are high and it’s easy to out-brake yourself because the track drops away abruptly at the apex.
Medium-to-high downforce. The gauge for downforce levels will be Turn Three; if it’s easy-flat-out with the 2017-spec cars, teams will trim downforce levels to increase straight-line speed.
High. The track was re-surfaced two years ago and it remains in good condition. The bumps aren’t as bad as they were, meaning the cars can be set-up low and stiff.
Red Supersoft, yellow Soft and White medium – the ninth time this combination has been used in 2017.
Low. There are only six braking zones around the lap, of which only two are heavy. Just 15 per cent of the lap is spent braking.
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The exit of Juncao, Turn 12, is vital to overall lap-time because it leads onto the long, uphill left-hander that morphs into the start-finish straight. It’s tempting to use the apex kerb at Turn 12 to shorten the corner, but the asphalt is cambered in your favour and you’ll get a better exit if you keep off the kerbs. Also focus on Turn Seven, the uphill right-hander in Sector Two. It will be vital to maintain an accurate line through here because speeds will be dramatically increased due to the higher levels of downforce produced by the 2017-spec cars.