Check the Brasilian Grand Prix session schedules, circuit data, weather report and support races for the Formula 1 event in Sao Paolo.
The Brazilian Grand Prix returns to Formula 1 after a two-year absence in 2021. And the legendary circuit that has been the scene of so many defining moments for the title could prove vital in the 2021 championship.
In the immediate aftermath of a race in Mexico, title stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will realize that every point counts. But the Brazilian Grand Prix has proven to be unpredictable many times before, and the last race in Sao Paolo was one of the most exciting of the 2019 season.
We will have fans in the stands to witness what could be a pivotal race in the title battle. Make sure you stay on top of all the action with session times, attendance series, weather forecast, and the latest weekend news. Check out this guide with all the information you need.
Advancement of the Brasil City Grand Prix race
COVID requirements of the Grand Prix
Fans attending the race from abroad should know that it is necessary to present a negative PCR test 72 hours before flying, or an antigen test 24 hours before.
Schedules of the Brasilian F1 Grand Prix sessions
Brazil is in Brasilia time, which is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. So the race starts at 2pm in Sao Paolo and at 5pm in the UK. Also keep an eye out for the third sprint qualifying session of the year, which starts at 4.30pm local time. That means traditional three-part qualifying shifts through Friday, starting at 4.30pm local.
|Session||Day||Session time (BRT)||Session time (GMT)|
|Free practice 1||Friday||12:30 – 13:30||15:30 – 16:30|
|Qualifying||Friday||16:00 – 17:00||19:00 – 20:00|
|Free practice 2||Saturday||12:00 – 13:00||15:00 – 16:00|
|Sprint Qualifying||Saturday||16:30 – 17:00||19:30 – 20:00|
|Race (71 laps)||Sunday||14:00 – 16:00||17:00 – 19:00|
Weather report of the Grand Prix
The 2019 race saw temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 48 degrees. However, don’t rule out the possibility of rain. The last wet Brazilian Grand Prix was in 2016, which was a treacherous race. Max Verstappen gave a master class in the rain. Moisture in Brazil also affects the track’s ability to dry, creating unique conditions in the event of rain.
The Brasilian Grand Prix circuit
Autodromo José Carlos Pace
The Brazilian Grand Prix circuit is one of those unique wonders on the F1 calendar. At a short distance of just 4,309 km, Valtteri Bottas’ 1: 10,540 in 2018 is the fastest a rider has ever raced at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace. But this short circuit has a great impact.
Turns 1 and 2 are known as Senna ‘S’, a sequence of swirling downhill left to right that begins with a sharp left turn from the short haul off the grid. This can create an accordion effect, with the conductors fighting for position early on.
Starting two is crucial as it prepares the car for turn three wide and straight into turn 4. This is a DRS zone, so it could be key to overtaking. Sebastian Vettel has had two memorable incidents here: In 2012 with the title at stake, he rolled over coming out of Turn 4, but still managed to win the championship. And in 2019, while trying to overtake his Ferrari teammate, he collided with Charles Leclerc, knocking them both out of the race.
After Turn 5, drivers head uphill to the slowest section of the track. Turns 8, 9 and 10 are tight turns where you can overtake, but it’s risky.
The final sector sees the cars pick up speed after Turn 12, towards the main straight which has three small twists to the left. This is the fastest section of the track, but it has created problems for drivers trying to increase speed in the wet.
For a taste of the action from Interlagos, rewatch the action from the Porsche Carrera Cup Brazil earlier this year on Totalsportek.