2022 Formula One Sao Paulo Grand Prix

With just two races remaining in the 2022 Formula 1 season, the teams head to Brazil to take on one of the most historic and exciting circuits on the calendar.

Autódromo José Carlos Pace is the site of F1 racing action this weekend. Last year, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were in the midst of a fierce championship battle, and Brazil proved to be one of the most exciting races of that championship.

This year's race has no such uncertainty or drama, as Verstappen and his Red Bull team have been very much in control of the drivers' and constructors' championship for most of the season.

The Interlagos circuit, however, typically produces exciting racing action from the F1 grid, and this year should be no exception. Its long, DRS-enhanced start/finish straight gives drivers ample opportunity to set up overtakes into turn 1, and a second DRS zone follows just a few corners later.

The circuit has remained largely unchanged for the past 30 years, and its windy, hilly nature has been home to epic F1 memories such as Hamilton's last-to-first weekend in 2021, Verstappen's brilliant wet weather driving in 2016, and Ayrton Senna's unforgettable first home win in 1991 despite having only 6th gear by the end of the race.

This is a sprint race weekend, meaning that the race starting order will be decided with a shortened race on Saturday. The weather is looking unkind all weekend, with rain in the forecast for all three days of the grand prix.

Could the weather make for interesting results this weekend? Who do you think will take the win on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below.
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For the Brazilian it's the worst GP, there are a lot of fools idolizing Hamilton thinking he's Brazilian and Hamiton is in an endless demagoguery, he only comes here when he's paid to come and a lot of muggles idolizing him, including the local TV who broadcasts the race, even more so because of the hypocritical progressive agenda.

50 years since Emerson Fittipaldi's first title and here we only talk about Hamilton and the bust of Senna that was inaugurated
 
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For the Brazilian it's the worst GP, there are a lot of fools idolizing Hamilton thinking he's Brazilian and Hamiton is in an endless demagoguery, he only comes here when he's paid to come and a lot of muggles idolizing him, including the local TV who broadcasts the race, even more so because of the hypocritical progressive agenda.

50 years since Emerson Fittipaldi's first title and here we only talk about Hamilton and the bust of Senna that was inaugurated
Do you watch the race at all or just pay attention to what the public is doing?

To classify a race as the worst because of the public and media is an odd opinion to be sharing...
 
Do you watch the race at all or just pay attention to what the public is doing?

To classify a race as the worst because of the public and media is an odd opinion to be sharing...
Don't give him too much attention, dude.

I'm brazilian and am very proud of our race stage. I like Lewis, but don't like much some of the people he is hanging on these last days (people the take advantage of his popularity to sell some of their misconception ideals), in the end of the day the race is what really matters here.
 
Great stuff by Kev Mag; that'll guarantee a drive 2023. Underrated driver, a bit like Maldonado was.
 
Do you watch the race at all or just pay attention to what the public is doing?

To classify a race as the worst because of the public and media is an odd opinion to be sharing...
The race is great, but the environment created by the Brazilian is rubbish and there is not always a way to escape the rest of the event, even more so when the only TV channel that broadcasts it brazenly cheers.

Today the narrator screamed when Hamilton did the first half in one part of qualifying, then narrated looking like he was at a wake when Norris then did the first half.
 
Johnr777
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The race is great, but the environment created by the Brazilian is rubbish and there is not always a way to escape the rest of the event, even more so when the only TV channel that broadcasts it brazenly cheers.

Today the narrator screamed when Hamilton did the first half in one part of qualifying, then narrated looking like he was at a wake when Norris then did the first half.
The race is great, but the environment created by the Brazilian is rubbish and there is not always a way to escape the rest of the event, even more so when the only TV channel that broadcasts it brazenly cheers.

Today the narrator screamed when Hamilton did the first half in one part of qualifying, then narrated looking like he was at a wake when Norris then did the first half.
Time to subscribe to F1 streaming instead… is it still Galvão on the microphone?
 
No, the broadcast changed channels in 2021 and the new channel took a boring class that was from the old channel, but not Galvão
 
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Great lap from Magnussen! Nice to have an unusual polesitter.

I feel for Leclerc. Nothing is going to change at Ferrari. If a person/team is responsible for stategy for years and you still mess up regularly and are not able to learn from your mistakes, you are not able to change to a strategy team that works flawlessly. Ferrari is not planning to replace people so nothing will change in the way the strategy team operates.
 
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