Brazil Grand Prix - 5 Reasons Why Brazilians Love It
Brazil is more than just with a great party and beautiful scenery. It is also home to the Brazil Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is part of the Formula 1 championship series. The race takes place at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. There was a Grand Prix race run there in 1972, but it wasn't until 1973 that it was an officially sanctioned F1 event. The Grand Prix has been run in Sao Paulo for most of those years, but it was in Rio de Janerio in 1979 and then 1981-1989. In 1990 it moved back to Sao Paulo and has been there ever since. The race is popular around the world, but no one loves it more than the Brazilians do. Here are 5 reasons that the Brazilians love their Grand Prix.
The challenge. The Brazil Grand Prix is considered the most challenging of all the Formula 1 races. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that Interlagos is backwards. Most races are run clockwise. The Grand Prix race in Brazil goes counter-clockwise. It is also at a higher elevation, and has several tight turns and hills.
The schedule. The combination of the rainy season in Brazil and the dates of the other races means that the this Grand Prix is generally the last race run in the F1 championship. That means that there are going to be drivers retiring or switching teams after this race. It also means that during years that the championship is close, this Grand Prix is going to be the deciding race.
The excitement. Because of the challenge of the track, the drivers have to be on their toes. This gives the spectators a very exciting race. Part of the excitement for any spectator is the risk of crash, and the Brazil Grand Prix offers that in spades. Another part of that excitement is enjoying the drivers' skills. The race offers a lot of that too.
The pride. The reason that the first Brazil Grand Prix was run was because of Emerson Fittipaldi. Emmo, as he is known by his fans, was making his name in F1 racing. He said that he would love to run a race in his own country. Not only did Brazil get a Grand Prix, it's run in Fittipaldi's home town of Sao Paulo. Emmo won the first two official Grand Prix, and Carlos Pace, a fellow Brazilian, won the third. Brazilians still win the race regularly, including twice in the past 5 years.
The track change. Interlagos started out as a 8 km circuit. In 1990 it was shortened to a 4.3 km route. That makes it one of the shortest circuits. The circuit has been adapted since then to meet all modern F1 safely rules. But, it's a rarity among Formula One championship tracks. It didn't need to have significant adaptations to meet those rules. There is only one other track that can say that.
Formula One racing is one of the most popular sports in the world. All of the races are popular. The Brazil Grand Prix is no different. The Brazilians are rightly proud of their race, and they have many reasons to love it.