Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix Ferrari say they will keep fighting and hope to win
Kimi and Seb reflect on the challenge at Interlagos
“We have two more races to go and I am looking forward to racing. I think this is not the right time to draw conclusions as the Championship is not completely over yet. I would like to win these last two races. The last two Grands Prix were better for us in terms of pace, so hopefully we can continue like that and we be able to win. For sure, we’ll try to do the best that we can. We want to focus on winning the Constructors’ Championship, trying to put our main competitors as far back as we can. As for this circuit, it is difficult to predict what will happen, as Interlagos has an unusual layout, one on which… things just happen. We’ll see how the weather turns out, but I believe it’s going to be a challenging weekend. Along the way something went wrong for us this year and we need to make sure we learn from it; clearly we missed something and it’s up to us to fix it and make sure it won’t happen again”.
“Interlagos is a nice circuit, although probably not the easiest one to drive. They‘ve downsized the kerbs somehow and certain corners have changed quite a bit because of that. The track has been resurfaced and the grip is very good here now. As for our expectations, it’s a bit pointless to start guessing where we are going to end up this weekend: we’ll do our best and see what it brings. Hopefully we can be there in the fight. The last race for sure was not easy, despite the podium finish, but then Mexico is a special place: here it should be okay. The Constructors’ Championship is probably the most important to win for any team especially for manufacturers. We’ll try our best and the see what we can get in the end. We are not in the strongest position on that, but we are still in it and we’ll keep fighting”.
All you need to know about the penultimate championship round
For Scuderia Ferrari, the Brazil trip began last Saturday, when the race team’s “advance party” set off for Sao Paulo. Heading into the penultimate round of the season, the race is still on for the Constructors’ title and the aim is to fight for it all the way to the very end. Whatever the outcome, the numbers show that this has been the Prancing Horse’s best season since 2008 in terms of number of wins, pole positions and championship points scored.
The track that saw Kimi Raikkonen crowned champion with Ferrari back in 2007 is named after Carlos Pace, who died in a plane crash in 1977. This very talented driver had also raced for Ferrari in what was then known as the prototype championship. The track runs alongside the Avenida Interlagos, in a suburb of the Brazilian megalopolis. It’s a rather dated facility, although the infrastructure was recently upgraded. The circuit is just a little over 4.3 Km in length and features fifteen corners and it’s quite a quick lap: the pole time for last year’s race, won by Sebastian Vettel, was just over one minute and 8 seconds.
It’s a popular track, offering spectacular views such as the one of the esses named in honour of Ayrton Senna, that come at the end of the main straight. Visibility for the fans is excellent as the whole track is set in a natural bowl. The weather? According to the forecast, there is a chance of rain on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and here the downpours are usually torrential. Sunday however is meant to be dry. That’s a script we have seen many times before during this 2018 season.