F1 heads to Brazil where once again, Nico Rosberg could be crowned Formula One World Champion this weekend.
Rosberg has to outscore Lewis Hamilton by seven points or more to take his first Formula One crown. That means that victory for the German will guarantee him the title.
The statistics seem to be in Rosberg’s favour this weekend. Whilst Rosberg has won the last two Brazilian Grands Prix, Hamilton has never won at Interlagos in his nine visits. In addition to this, the five world champions on the grid have all won a title in Brazil – Alonso in 2006, Raikkonen in 2007, Hamilton in 2008, Button in 2009 and Vettel in 2012.
“I have had lots of experiences here. It’s tough to come here and win. That’s the goal,” said Hamilton.
“I don’t really know why I have not won here. I will be trying to do it this year.”
Rosberg said he just needed to do a “good job” this weekend.
He said: “I love the track. It is a great track. It feels good. I have always gone well here.
“I have great memories from those two wins but, at the same time, we all start from zero this weekend.
“I am feeling great, of course, because it is awesome to be fighting for the world championship with two races to go. I am looking forward to it and of course trying to go for the win.”
With the battle for the championship so close, it is no surprise to see that both Mercedes drivers have opted for the same tyre selection of one hard, four medium and six soft sets.
Force India and Williams, who are still battling hard for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, have gone their separate ways in terms of tyre choice. Williams have gone for the most aggressive selection on the grid, with nine sets of softs, three of the medium compound and one hard set. Force India have also chosen three sets of medium tyres, but favour two sets of hard tyres and eight sets of softs.
Felipe Massa will be desperate for a good result this weekend – not only to help his team maintain fourth place in the standings but also to please the home crowd one last time. This is the 35-year-old’s final visit to Interlagos as a Formula One driver and he goes out with mixed memories of the track. He took his second ever win here in 2006 and although he took a second victory two years later, he lost the championship to Lewis Hamilton by just one point. Having been disqualified post-race last year, the home favourite will be aiming to get his first podium of the season on Sunday.
Interlagos is renowned for its unpredictable weather and this year looks to be no exception. Rain is forecast for Friday and Sunday, so after a fairly average Grand Prix here last year, let’s hope that the weather spices things up on Sunday.