Sergio Perez: “Races at Interlagos tend to be special”


Credit: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Sergio Perez believes the Autódromo José Carlos Pace is very complex to master, you need to be precise in every single corner.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver finished the Mexican Grand Prix in tenth after a frustrating Grand Prix. He spent much of the afternoon behind the Williams Martini Racing of Felipe Massa, and despite appearing to have the quicker car, Perez was unable to pass for ninth.

With the Brazilian circuit being an anti-clockwise layout, this makes it harder from a physical point of view with Perez feeling that races at the circuit tend to be special.

“Brazil is a very welcoming country and it shares a lot with Mexico,” said Perez. “The people, the culture, the food – there’s so much that Sao Paulo can offer.

“The track is very complex to master and has some tricky corners. It’s one of the few anti-clockwise layouts, which makes it harder from a physical point of view, especially for the neck. It’s a race where there’s always some external factor playing a big role, whether it’s the weather or something else: races at Interlagos tend to be special.”

The circuit length is only 2.677 miles, making a lap at the Brazilian Grand Prix very short. Perez confirms you need to be precise in every single corner, with a car that is stable at the rear, so you can make the most of all the changes of direction.

“It’s a very short lap,” added Perez. “It almost feels like driving a kart circuit with a Formula One car!

“Because the lap is short, you can easily lose a lot of positions with a small mistake. You have to be precise in every single corner and aim for the perfect lap. You need a car that is stable at the rear, with no understeer so that you can make the most of all the changes of direction.

“You cannot race in Brazil without thinking about Senna. He is a legend for most of us driving in F1 and his presence is felt everywhere at the circuit.”