The Autódromo José Carlos Pace, formerly known as Autódromo de Interlagos, is usually the scene of an unpredictable Formula 1 weekend. The changeable weather conditions have helped shape the history of this event, along with the local enthusiasm for the sport. Since moving to the end of the calendar in 2004, the Brazilian Grand Prix has been a title decider for six out of ten races. The South American passion and character only add up to the excitement of this F1 round.
Pit exit - PHOTO : JEAN MICHEL LE MEUR / DPPI for Renault Sport F1
Of all the circuits visited during the year, this is the venue where spectators get to see the cars most often as the race is a massive 71 laps long. Its layout and elevation changes also mean that it is possible to see a significant part, if not most, of the circuit from the various vantage points.
São Paulo, is Brazil's largest city and business centre. It might not be as pretty or charming as Rio de Janeiro but it is rather unashamedly cosmopolitan, partly thanks to its culture scene, excellent restaurants, hip cafes, vibrant nightlife and shopping experiences. It is also the perfect getaway for an extended holiday in this amazing country.
The Shanghai International Circuit (SIC) is one of the most exuberant tracks visited on the calendar. This Hermann Tilke designed track features an impressive main grandstand that is so tall, it makes the pit building look minuscule. The venue is easy to get to, it has outstanding facilities and most of all, tickets are very cheap.
Shanghai is China's most accessible city for westerners and a modern metropolis offering some fascinating sightseeing opportunities, good bars and restaurants. It is also just five hours away by train from Beijing, via a high-speed rail link.
Pit building, main straight and Grandstand A - Image: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.