Find out more about the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos, including race information and a destination guide for a visit to Sao Paulo
Interlagos is one of the most atmospheric circuits on the calendar and often the scene of dramatic races. The iconic Senna S provides an overtaking opportunity at the start of the lap as the cars sweep downhill from the pit straight before a long left-handed Turn 3 named Curva do Sol. Another straight follows to the left-handed Turn 4 - again an overtaking chance - before the lap gets busier with the circuit switching back on itself three times as it rises and falls on the hillside overlooking Sao Paulo. As an anti-clockwise track, the final proper corner is Juncao after which drivers accelerate uphill with the fans close on the outside of the track, sweeping left on a long run to the finish line which can be treacherous in the wet.
The circuit itself has the bonus of being located on a hillside which allows fans to view large portions of the circuit from many grandstands. However, despite improving its image in recent years, Interlagos is not the most attractive of areas to spend your time away from the track.
Sao Paulo does not boast the same pulling power for tourists as Rio de Janeiro, but there are still a number of places in the city you should check out. Ibirapuera Park is a main hangout for Paulistas and tourists alike, where locals come to both work out and relax. In front of the park is the Monument to the Bandeiras, which is a massive sculpture dedicated to the Portuguese conquerers of Brazil.
From an architectural point of view, check out the Estacao da Luz - Luz Railway Station - and the nearby Luz Square gardens, and also head to the Mercadao which is situated in another historical building. Another popular market spot is Rua 25 de Marco, where you’ll be amazed by the variety of items on offer.
Be ready to embrace some Japanese cuisine too, with Brazil being home to the largest Japanese community in the world outside of Japan. The Liberdade neighbourhood offers numerous restaurant options and Japanese culture in the heart of the city.
For F1 fans, Ayrton Senna’s grave is a poignant place. Senna is buried in Morumbi Cemetery, which is some way outside the city but certainly worth the visit.
There are two main airports serving Sao Paulo, and they are in very different locations. The main international airport is Guarulhos which is situated to the north of the city. A taxi from here to the circuit can take anything from one hour to three hours depending on Sao Paulo’s infamous traffic. The second airport is Congonhas, which is much more central and will see you skimming rooftops as you arrive, but features fewer flight options. A taxi from here to the circuit will take around 45 minutes.
In order to access the circuit, either use taxis or take the train, with the track served by the CPTM Line 9, which features a stop at Autodromo. This line - known as the Emerald line - is direct from some of the main areas in terms of accommodation for tourists, such as Berrini and Vila Olimpia.