The anti-clockwise Interlagos circuit has provided some spectacular racing in the past and all Formula 1 fans are looking forward to another drama-filled event this weekend, with sprint action on Saturday and the main race on Sunday.
This will be the 41st F1 event at the track – which replaced Rio de Janeiro as the venue for the Brazilian GP in 1990 – but it is only the third to be called São Paulo – rather than the Brazilian GP. Here are some of his key stats ahead of this weekend.
The venue has hosted six driver title deciders – in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 – but it has been three races since Max Verstappen sealed his third title. However, a win for Lewis Hamilton and four points or less for Sergio Pérez would see a move to second place. Hamilton is now 9/1 for second place, while Perez is the 4/7 favorite.
Pole and winning record
Hamilton is chasing what would be an all-time record fourth pole at Interlagos at odds of 8/1 – although Verstappen is more sought after at 4/9 and the Ferraris are 11/2. If he can deliver, the Mercedes driver could turn this into a victory that will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of four pole positions at the circuit.
Margins are tight at this track in qualifying, with pole position less than a tenth of a second away in nine of the last 12 races. Last year, Kevin Magnussen overtook Verstappen by 0.101 seconds in a wet session, although that was negated when he fell down in the sprint – and the odds of that happening again this year are 500/1.
Verstappen, Hamilton and George Russell are the only three current drivers to have won at Interlagos, the latter taking his first F1 victory at the track last year. However, there have only been five consecutive winners in São Paulo, and Russell’s odds of being one are 18/1, with a podium for the Mercedes driver at 2/1.
From back to front
The track has good overtaking opportunities and with rain forecast for qualifying some drivers may have to chase the field – Carlos Sainz did this when he went from last to third in 2020, while Hamilton won from 10th on the grid in 2021. The odds on the race with two leaders is 2/1.
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Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14
From side to side
Despite a history of exciting races, 13 of the last 14 races have been won by those who started on the front row. Before Hamilton’s victory from 10th place in 2021, the last person to win outside the top two was Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari in 2007. The odds of a hat trick – pole for victory plus a fastest lap – are 8/5 for Verstappen, 200/1 for Hamilton, 600/1 for Norris, 750/1 for Russell and 1000/1 for everyone else.
Ferrari is slightly ahead of McLaren when it comes to team victories, while Mercedes engines have won more races than anyone else. The odds of two Mercedes on the podium are 7/2, while the combination of the last two – McLaren-Mercedes – could give Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri a good chance this weekend, with Norris at 15/8 to finish among the first two.
There have been 11 different podiums this season, with Verstappen first with 18 and Pérez second with eight. Fernando Alonso is next with seven, and has finished on the podium in Brazil more than any other current driver, with eight top-three finishes.
Podium Potential II
Hamilton and Norris both have six podiums and Norris is on a roll with four such results in the last five races compared to Hamilton’s two. However, Hamilton is in good form in Brazil, with six podiums in the last eight races at the track. The odds on a British winner are 7/1.
Follow the action
To follow the action wherever you are, bet365’s F1 Live Tracker is a good place to go – covering all the information you could need, from every practice session, through qualifying, sprints and the race itself .
It allows users to track each driver’s position from the starting grid to the finish, live throughout the race, with current leaderboard information, last fastest lap, current lap times, number of pitstops per driver, current tire configurations and driver differences.
To make keeping up to date easier, a timeline details all important race updates – including all major overtakes and incidents – and also allows two drivers to be compared head-to-head in the race, highlighting them on the tracker.
Additionally, all safety car updates, red and yellow flags are covered, while track information such as temperatures, humidity and chance of rain allow you to track potential changes and challenges and more easily predict what might happen.