McLaren Brazil Grand Prix Preview
We’re now gearing up for the penultimate race of the season and can you believe that it’s nearly time for the 2017 Brazil Grand Prix race this week?
In this post, you can find out what the McLaren drivers had to say ahead of the upcoming race – more from Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne below and we wish Vandoorne a great race as he makes his first visit to the historic circuit.
HISTORY – McLaren Brazil Grand Prix Preview
Did you know that Interlagos is one of the oldest and most historic venues on the Formula 1 Calendar?
The circuit staged the first world championship race in 1973 on a breathtakingly fast circuit which was then shortened and modified in the late 80’s for safety reasons. The new layout has since hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix every year since 1990.
Interlagos was actually built on marshland between two lakes – hence the name. Inter-Lagos (translation: between lakes).
McLaren suits this track as they have taken 12 victories in Brazil with the most recent being in 2012.
FERNANDO ALONSO Interview – McLaren Brazil Grand Prix Preview
Fernando Alonso – “Interlagos is one of the great classic tracks on the calendar with an incredible history and a long list of famous names that have lifted the trophy. It’s also one of the most dramatic grand prix’s of the year – there are always incidents and action and the weather plays a big part of the outcome.”
“The circuit should suit our car better than the last couple of tracks so we hope that we can give ourselves the best chance in qualifying as the starting positing is very important in a race where a lot can happen.”
“It’s a really fun track – short lap with a good flow and the new cars will make it feel even faster. During the race, if you can get a good rhythm through the final corner, it really helps down the start-finish straight and into Turn One – you can then attack the first corner going into the next lap.”
“It’s a part of what makes this circuit so exciting.”
“After the USA and Mexico, we’re looking ahead to Brazil and Abu Dhabi with a bit more expectation as we knew those tracks would be really difficult for us however, Mexico was definitely a surprise and we performed better than we anticipated.”
“This will surely be a tricky race and there are always risks to take with the weather and strategy but if we can start the race from where we should be in qualifying – it will give us. good chance to score some points.”
STOFFEL VANDOORNE Interview – McLaren Brazil Grand Prix Preview
Stoffel Vandoorne – “I’m looking forward to tackling another new circuit next weekend in Brazil, especially one that is considered so legendary among the fans and other drivers.”
“Interlagos is the place where championships have been won and lost and classic Grand Prix’s have taken place with great names like Senna and Prost winning some of F1’s most famous races.”
“Like every circuit we race on, I put a lot of preparation with my engineers in the simulator so by the time we head out to the track on Friday morning, I feel completely ready to tackle the track and already feel comfortable with the layout and set-up.”
“This means that like Fernando, I can spend FP1 dialling in the car to the track and the conditions to give valuable feedback to the team which they can then analyse and gather as much information as possible.”
“Qualifying at Interlagos is always important because you never know what can happen in the race. In Mexico, I had a great start so if we can start further up the grid in Brazil – providing that we can avoid penalties – it’ll open up good opportunities in the race.”
“It’s important to stay out of trouble and have a clean race and then we can see what we can do from there, there’s everything to play for and I’m excited to experience the famous atmosphere at Interlagos thanks to the enthusiastic Brazilian fans.”
More coming soon!
Interview provided by McLaren