|Brazil's number one circuit
at the moment is the Interlagos track at Sao Paulo.
Brazil is the home of some
of F1 history's top drivers - first to mind is Ayrton
Senna, a man who was adored by his country. His Brazilian
contempory is Rubens Barrichello.
In 1996, the race
was nearly cancelled due to an incredible torrent of
water from the skies of Brazil. More of a powerboat race
than an F1 event it suddenly turned Hill into a star.
It's said by many
that the wet is where the cars are made equal. Others (like
me, Ed) believe that the differences between
cars become worse with the rain. Either way, Hill 'Drove
like God', to paraphrase Niki Lauda's response. He simply
powered away from the start and left the rest of the F1
grid trailling in his wake.
Day : March 30th 1997
Length: 5.369 kilometres/3.274 miles
Practice: 11.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00
Saturday Practice: 09.00-09.45 and
Saturday Qualifying: 13.00-14.00
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX: 13.00 ... 71 Laps, 307
kilometres, 191 miles
Brazil's Interlagos was the
centre of F1 racing in the country for the 1970's. In
the 80's, though, racing switched to Rio's circuit.
The old circuit, a
majestic 4.3 miles long, was a challenge for drivers
and cars alike. However, without major work it wasn't
going to be able to usher in the new era of TV based
F1 racing. So for a decade the race was run at Rio's
Jacarapegua track as Interlagos updated the track
with a safer, more modern layout that still poses a
challenge to modern machinery. Media and spectator
facilities were also dramatically improved, and the
race returned in 1990.
It might only be 2.7
miles long now, but of the South American events that
remain, it's one of the better examples - certainly a
superior racing circuit to Argentina's relatively
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