(source for my information: Wikipedia)
^ from: www.allf1.info - Though its history dates back to 1938, the current short configuration of Interlagos has been around since 1990. It has been the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix every year since 1990.
I am also providing this picture ONLY for comparison:
^ from: www.manipef1.com - the original Interlagos layout.
As I mentioned before, Interlagos seems more like an oval with an infield road course in terms of configuration. Turn 12 to the Start/Finish line and Turn 1 are like the front stretch an oval with an infield road course. Likewise, you can call the road between Turns 3 and 4 as the backstretch. There are a number of off-camber corners. The real challenge of the course lies between Turns 4 through Turn 12. It is a rather short (by F1 standards) course that still delivers a great deal of action.
Today's Interlagos is actually shorter by almost two miles and shorter in overall area than the classic circuit. One thing remains constant through it all- its high-speed character. It is also one of few counterclockwise/anti-clockwise tracks F1 currently races on.
Interlagos is a high-speed thrill ride. The real problem areas are Turn 1 (Senna "S"), Turns 4 and 5 (Descida do Lago), and Turn 10 (Bico de Pato). After Turn 12, the oval-like run to the Start/Finish line begins. This is a GREAT place to pick up speed before having to slow all the heck down Turn 1.
Video Lap.Here is a video lap around the lovely Interlagos circuit (from 2007):
Lap Times.The lap record around Interlagos is 1:11.473 set by Juan Pablo Montoya racing for Williams BMW in 2004. Here are more lap times:
|Lap Times Around Interlagos (sources: Wikipedia and Trackpedia)|
|Peugeot 908 HDI FAP||1:18.787|
|Stock Car Brazil V8||1:39.585|
|Yamaha YZF-R1||1:59.000 (approx.)|
Oh.... and in case you're wondering, the lap record around the original 4.975-mile Interlagos was 2:21.40, set by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in a Renault F1 car back in 1980.
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