Brazilian Grand Prix – Preview

Formula One heads to Sao Paulo for the penultimate round of the 2018 season.

With the driver’s title already being secured by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, the main focus of the battle at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace will be the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari for the constructor’s crown.

The team from Brackley has a 55-point advantage over the Scuderia, meaning if Ferrari do not outscore them by more than 12 points, they will leave Brazil with both titles secured.

However the most heated battle will be for third in the driver’s table, with Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Mexico winner Max Verstappen (Red Bull) all covered by 20 points with a maximum of 50 on the table in Brazil and Abu Dhabi in a fortnight time.

Between the races in Mexico and Brazil the FIA rejected the appeal of the Haas team regarding Romain Grosjean’s exclusion from the Italian Grand Prix back in September, which all but secured Renault’s fourth place in the constructor’s table. The French manufacturer has a solid 40 point cushion heading in to one of the most unpredictable races.

The Interlagos circuit looks set to offer another classic for the ages, with both Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race being forecast as wet sessions.

A slight change to the circuit has been made compare to last year’s event, with the DRS zone at the start/finish straight being extended by 100m, while the one on the ‘Reta Oposta’ has remained unchanged. Both DRS detection points remain on their previous places with the first one located at the exit of the ‘Senna ‘S’’ and the second at the exit of ‘Juncao’.

Edited by Mason McDonagh

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