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THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
 
The Brazilian Grand Prix is a Formula 1 motorsport event held in Interlagos, Sao Paulo. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the Brazilian GP which was first held in 1972 as a test race to convince the FIA that the Interlagos circuit was capable of hosting a Grand Prix. The race was included in the official calendar the next year and birthed native champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace, Felipe Massa and Nelson Piquet.

However, over the next ten years, drivers complained of the safety conditions of the Interlagos circuit claiming that the track was rough and bumpy. Over the same period, there was a radical increase of population in Sao Paulo which led to the environs of the track appearing run down with slums, which damaged the GP’s glamorous image. The circuit then moved to Rio de Janeiro until its return to Interlagos in 1990 where it has since stayed and been known to be the most challenging and profoundly sensational circuits on the Formula 1 Calendar.

The Formula 1 weekend in Brazil takes on a festive mood as fans turn the event into a carnival in colourful Brazilian fashion, true to the Brazilian spirit. Since it was moved to the prestigious position of being the final round on the F1 calendar in 2004, the Brazilian GP makes for an outstanding season finale for spectators. With its anti-clockwise mix of bumps, long straights and undulating corners coupled with the high altitude and adverse weather conditions, drivers have to come out swinging to emerge triumphant in one of the most nerve-wracking, adrenaline charged races in the world.

This year’s Brazilian Grand Prix is scheduled for 13th-15th November and fans look forward to a showdown amongst German defending champion Nico Rosberg, British Lewis Hamilton and the much loved Brazilian native, Felipe Massa.