The penultimate round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship has just been run with the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo. The 4.309-kilometre (2.677-mile), 15-turn Interlagos circuit is the setting for one of the shortest laps of the year, but also one of the most intense.
The undulating course in Brazil’s largest city is a challenge for drivers and teams. It is run anticlockwise and consists of a twisty infield portion between turns six through 12, with three long straights between turns three and four, between turns five and six, and off turn 14 down the front stretch before the beginning of the Senna ‘S’ in turn one.
Maximum downforce would be preferred through the tight and twisting section, but in order to maximise the straights, cars need to be trimmed out with as little drag as possible. Some downforce is already lost before a wheel is even turned, as São Paulo sits 800 metres (2,625 feet) above sea level.
All of this puts grip at a premium on the relatively bumpy track. Pirelli brought its P Zero Orange hard, White medium and Yellow soft tyres to Brazil, with the mediums and especially the softs receiving the lion’s share of the work.
Oh, and the result? Well, a magnificent performance by Hamilton again, followed by Rosberg and then Verstappen.