The second of the 2021 Formula 1’s triple header will take place this weekend in Brazil. The events of last week’s race in Mexico have certainly added to the shaping of the end of this season. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen managed to extend his Championship lead over seven time world champion Lewis Hamilton as he took his third Mexican Grand Prix victory.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas started the race in pole position but the two Mercedes drivers were soon overtaken on the outside by the 24 year-old Dutchman. Bottas’ fate then went from bad to worse as he was then sent spinning by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo into Turn 2 which sent him to the back of the grid. Ultimately, Bottas managed to finish in 15th.
The home crowd would have been delighted to see their Sergio ‘checo’ Perez win a podium as he finished in third, especially as he became the first Mexican to take a podium at their home race. Perez was 1.1 seconds off Hamilton but just couldn’t quite maintain his pace in order to overtake the Briton.
The battle for third in the constructor’s championship still remains very much up for grabs as Ferrari overtook McLaren in Mexico with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finishing in 5th and 6th place respectively. McLaren’s Lando Norris came from starting in 18th after an engine penalty to finish in 10th while his teammate Riccardio struggled after his lap one collision with Bottas and finished in 12th.
With still five rounds of the Formula 1 to go, Verstappen and Hamilton will continue to push as hard as they can for that number one spot while Ferrari and McLaren will remain relentless in their quest for third place.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix
When is the Brazilian Grand Prix?
The 19th round of the 2021 Formula 1 season will take place from Friday 12 November 2021 to Sunday 14 November 2021.
What are the timings for the Brazilian Grand Prix?
Friday 12 November:
- Practice 1 3.30pm - 4.30pm GMT
- Qualifying: 7pm - 8pm GMT
Saturday 13 November
- Practice 2: 3pm - 4pm GMT
- Sprint 7.30pm - 8pm GMT
Sunday 14 November
- Race: 5pm GMT
Where will the Brazilian Grand Prix 2021 held?
The Brazilian Grand Prix takes place at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos neighbourhood, Cidade Dutra in São Paulo, Brazil.
How to watch the Brazilian Grand Prix 2021
Every session from the start of the first practice session to the end of the race will be available to watch on Sky Sports.
A live stream of their coverage can also be accessed via NowTV.
Who is likely to win the Brazilian Grand Prix 2021?
The last Grand Prix in Brazil took place in 2019 and was won by Verstappen. The Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that he expects the track to once again favour Red Bull but hopes to break the chain of Red Bull’s current success.
The sprint race is back adding to the action and excitement of the weekend. The last two weekends that involved the sprint races were also the weekends Verstappen and Hamilton had their two big crashes of 2021.
Sebastian Vettel is no stranger to success at the Brazilian Grand Prix winning the event in2017 with Ferrari and twice with Red Bull in 2013 and 2010.
McLaren have not seen much success at the track since Jenson Button won in 2012 but they will fight with all they have against Ferrari to retake that third place constructor’s spot. With Lando Norris able to utilise his new engine, a fight will most definitely be likely against the Ferrari drivers.
What is the Brazilian Grand Prix track like?
The designers for the Interlagos track took inspiration from the Brooklands circuit in the UK, the Roosevelt Raceway in the USA and the Montlhery track in France. The Interlagos track has banked corners and the drivers will begin the race on a half oval. After the an initial bend and straight, the drivers then make their way through a snake-like field section with challenging changes relating to the angle of the wheel from the ground. Drivers then race back up the hill and through a banked final turn.
There are two DRS detections zones. The first comes in the initial stretch from turn one to turn two and the second comes much later between turn 13 and turn 14.
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