Lewis Hamilton may already be world champion, with Mercedes also dully winning the constructors title at the beginning of October, but that doesn’t mean the Brazilian Grand Prix will be any less exciting.
Most Formula One fans would agree the race in the Brazilian city of São Paulo is one of the highlights of the season, with the history and unpredictability of the track, and of course the passionate Brazilian fans in the stands, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated of the year.
Championships have been both won and lost at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace over the years. The 2007 season saw Kimi Raikkonen fight off Hamilton and Fernando Alonso to win both the race and his only title by a single point.
A year later – in 2008 – Hamilton was up against Felipe Massa for the title. In one of the most nail-biting and emotional finishes to a Formula One season in recent memory, Felipe Massa crossed the finish-line winner of the race and seemingly of the world title too. But Hamilton, needing a fifth place finish to become champion, overtook Tim Glock on the final bend to silence Massa and his home supporters, and become the youngest world champion at that time.
Hamilton has had an eventful few days leading up to this race. The World Champion is reportedly suffering from a fever this week, and delayed his flight to Interlagos until Wednesday following medical advice. He was also involved in a car accident involving his £1.6 million Pagani Zonda in Monaco on Monday.
Hamilton said on Instagram: “”Dear TeamLH, just wanted to let you know why things have been quiet on social media the past few days.
“I’ve not been well with a fever but I also had a road accident in Monaco on Monday night.
“Whilst ultimately, it is nobody’s business, there are people knowing my position that will try to take advantage of the situation and make a quick buck. NO problem.
“Nobody was hurt, which is the most important thing. But the car was obviously damaged and I made very light contact with a stationary vehicle.
“Talking with the team and my doctor, we decided together that it was best for me to rest at home and leave a day later.”
Lewis Hamilton has never won the Brazilian Grand Prix in eight attempts, and he’s finished on the podium only twice.
It was Rosberg who won last season, and he’ll be eager to capitalise on his victory in central America a fortnight ago and help secure second place in the driver’s world championship. His victory in Mexico meant he leapfrogged the stricken Sebastian Vettel, with the Ferrari driver now 21 points behind.
Ferrari will want to move on quickly from Mexico, where both their cars failed to finish the race – the first time this has happened since Australia 2006.
With Hamilton’s personal struggles, Rosberg will be eager to capitalise and finish the season strongly.
The Brazilian Grand Prix is live on BBC1. Programme starts at 3.20pm with the race starting at 4.00pm.
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