Preview: Verstappen’s Battle with Mercedes in Brazil

The Brazilian Grand Prix is the final race of a triple-header and Max Verstappen is aiming for his 17th victory of the season, but faces tough competition from Mercedes who have won all races at Interlagos in the past two years.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen aiming for his 17th victory of the season
‣ Mercedes has won all races at Interlagos in the past two years
‣ Interlagos circuit is demanding for both driver and car
Sergio Perez must score points to maintain his lead over Lewis Hamilton


The Brazilian Grand Prix has always been an exhilarating race in the Formula 1 calendar. This year, Max Verstappen is determined to add another victory to his impressive season record of 17 wins. However, he will face tough competition from Mercedes, who have dominated at the Interlagos circuit in the past two years.

The Brazilian Grand Prix has a rich history, dating back to 1972. It was officially included in the F1 calendar the following year, with Emerson Fittipaldi winning the first official race in 1973. Fittipaldi, along with José Carlos Pace, who the Sao Paulo circuit is named after, gave the Brazilian spectators something to cheer about by winning the race in subsequent years.

The Interlagos circuit has been the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix for many years. It temporarily moved to Rio de Janeiro but returned to Interlagos in 1990 and has remained there since. Several Brazilian drivers, including Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, and Felipe Massa, have tasted victory multiple times in their home country. However, the most successful driver in Brazil is Alain Prost, who won the race six times.

Interlagos is a challenging circuit, with its unique elevation at 786 meters above sea level. The long straight requires a lot of power, while the twisting Senna ‘S’ and other demanding corners test both the driver and the car. It is a track that requires a balanced approach from teams and drivers.

Heading into the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez needs to bounce back after a disappointing home race. He currently holds a small lead over Lewis Hamilton in the world championship standings. Red Bull will be aiming for a one-two finish in the drivers’ championship for the first time in their history.

The battle for victory at Interlagos is expected to be intense. While Verstappen has had success at this circuit in the past, Mercedes has been dominant in recent years. However, Ferrari and McLaren have shown strong performances in the previous race, so they cannot be discounted. Young driver Oscar Piastri will also experience racing in Sao Paulo for the first time as a rookie.

The weather forecast for the Brazilian Grand Prix indicates significant temperature fluctuations throughout the weekend. Rain is expected on Friday afternoon, which could make the first free practice session challenging for the teams. However, qualifying and the races on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be dry, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 30 degrees Celsius.

With such temperature differences, finding the right setup for the car will be crucial for teams. A car that performs well in warm conditions may struggle in cooler temperatures, adding an extra challenge for the teams to overcome.

Fans eagerly await the Brazilian Grand Prix, with the qualifying session set to take place on Friday, followed by the sprint shootout and race on Saturday. The main event, the Grand Prix, will be held on Sunday evening. It promises to be an exciting weekend of racing at the iconic Interlagos circuit.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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