Interlagos is the penultimate race of the 2014 season now thanks to the last race being at Abu Dhabi this year. With its intense corners and relatively high speed, it provides the tyres with quite a workout in just 4.309 km. The longest straight on the track isn’t even straight at all. Next to the Monaco Grand Prix, Interlagos has the shortest lap on the calendar. Known for being bumpy, with elevation change and questionable weather conditions, the Brazilian Grand Prix can provide quite a race.
The fans in Brazil are quite enthusiastic, and Interlagos provides a unique experience, especially with all the history here. It has decided many titles in past years, but since Abu Dhabi is a double points race, no deciding will be done here this year. The soft and medium tyres will be the choice by Pirelli, so let’s see what they have to say.
With Marussia and Caterham still not gracing the field, the 18 runners will be fighting for the last normal points spread this season. Hamilton, who is leading the Driver’s Championship at this moment, needs to have a strong finish here in order to maintain as many points possible going into the final race at Abu Dhabi. Rosberg, second in the championship, needs to win in Abu Dhabi, but also needs to pull in close in Interlagos, in case there are slip ups in the final Grand Prix. But don’t count out Ricciardo, as he’s always a strong finisher, so I’m looking for him to steal some points away from Mercedes here in the closing hours. I have a feeling it will be a nailbiter, and a season long talked about afterwards.