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Brazil Grand Prix – Weekend Race Schedule

by F1Fan on October 13, 2009

Formula one moves to South America for the penultimate grand prix in the 2009 season. In the past the Grand Prix of Brazil has been the last race, but this year the final race will be held at the new track in Abu Dhabi. However in 2010 the schedule will change so that Brazil will hold the finale once again.

The Brazilian Grand Prix is held at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, more commonly known and referred to by its former name “Interlagos”. The circuit was originally named for the neighborhood of Sao Paulo where the circuit is located and was renamed after José Carlos Pace, a Brazilian Formula One driver from the past.

Interlagos is one of the few road racing circuits to go in an anti-clockwise direction, Istanbul racing Circuit being one of the notable others.

This presents a big challenge to the modern Formula 1 driver, as most of the season they race on circuits in a clockwise direction, the high G loads of todays F1 car condition the neck muscles, racing in the opposite direction puts high stress on the muscles in the neck that are not so conditioned and fatigue can be a big issue.

The current Interlagos track design dates from 1990, when the original circuit was shortened from 7,829 m to only 4,397 m to comply with the then newly introduced FIA regulations. As a consequence of the reduction, the track lost three long straight sections and three fast curves. The original track layout allowed cars to maintain maximum speed for up to twenty seconds and was considered extremely dangerous . The new track still has a very long top-speed section that contains bumps, high-speed turns and minimal run-off area.

Interlagos presents a real challenge in that it is not built on flat terrain, but follows the undulations of hilly ground, which makes it difficult to extract a perfect lap and demands more power from the car’s engines. Interlagos should suit the KERS cars of McLaren, Ferrari and maybe Renault if they choose to run their system.

The circuit has been known for its many inclines and bumpy surface, although a lot has been done in recent years to try to improve the surface, even to the extent of completely repaving the circuit in 2007 which resulted in some limited improvement.

This years race could well be pivotal in the Drivers and Constructors Championship. Baring a complete catastrophe Brawn GP should claim the Constructors title only needing half a point to secure the win. The Drivers championship is between, Button (leading) followed by his team mate Barrichello with Vettel a few points further behind. Button should be the favorite only needing 6 points out of the next two races to secure the Championship. But Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull definitely has returned to form in Japan and Interlagos is Barrichello’s home track so he will be trying hard to do well in front of the Brazilian Fans.

Its all adding up to a race that any F1 fanatic will not want to miss, so make sure you set your DVR’s and set aside some time over this weekend.

SpeedTV Brazilian Grand Prix Race Schedule

Circuit:Interlagos Circuit
Sao Paulo.
SessionPacific TimeMountain TimeCentral TimeEastern Time
Friday Practice
10/16
10:00 am
11:00 pm
11:00 am
12:00 pm
12:00 am
01:00 am (10/17)
01:00 pm
02:00 am (10/17)
Saturday Qualifying
10/17
10:00 am
10:30 pm
11:00 am
11:30 pm
12:00 am
12:30 am (10/18)
01:00 pm
01:30 am (10/18)
Sunday Race
10/18
8:30 am9:30 am
10:30 am
11:30 am

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