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Three things to look out for at the Brazilian Grand Prix
Posted on 15 November 2015
By Kate Walker
The drama of mixed conditions
Over the course of the Sao Paulo race weekend the Formula One™ circus has been treated to a combination of sunshine, strong winds, and colossal thunderstorms. On Friday night, gusts of wind sent paddock furniture flying and heavy rainfall led to treacherous conditions on the road.
Current forecasts for Sunday show little sign of rain during the race, but with overnight storms forecast and scattered showers throughout the morning, track conditions are likely to be mixed and tyre strategy key. The perfect conditions to overturn expectations...
Interlagos gets a facelift
For years Bernie Ecclestone has been on a campaign to modernise facilities at the older Formula One™ circuits on the calendar. Interlagos is the latest track to accede to his demands with a USD$80 million upgrade to the paddock, garages, and team hospitality suites that began immediately after the 2014 race ended.
Despite a year of work Interlagos remains something of a building site, although the bigger hospitality suites have been well-received by the teams. Next on the list is a new pit building with spacious garages, scheduled to be completed by the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The track itself - thankfully! - will not be modified.
HAM v ROS (again!)
While the championship battle ended in Austin, the internecine battle at Mercedes is still going strong, with Nico Rosberg delivering his best performances when the title pressure disappeared.
Since Lewis Hamilton secured the 2015 drivers' championship in Austin the Briton has failed to secure pole, while Rosberg has started the past four races from the front. Despite track position advantage, the German racer has only converted one pole into a win, losing out to Hamilton on track.
With the Briton joining Rosberg on the front row, expect sparks to fly from the minutes the lights go out.
Kate Walker has been covering Formula One since the start of the 2010 season. Currently F1 writer for ESPN, motorsport.com, and GP Week, her articles have also appeared in the Financial Times, Grand Prix+, and in the official Formula One™ race programmes.