Williams Martini Racing chief technical officer Paddy Lowe admits the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace has “several challenges” ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Interlagos is one of the shortest tracks on the Formula One calendar and Lowe knows that means qualifying will be even tighter than usual.
“The Autódromo José Carlos Pace presents several challenges to teams.
“It is a short track at just 4.3kms which means qualifying in particular is normally extremely close.”
Last season saw Williams collect six points from the race thanks to Felipe Massa but Lowe knows if they are to get anywhere near that this weekend, they need to get the set-up right.
“Choosing the right set-up compromise is also important given the long sweeping start/finish straight combined with a tricky infield section.
“Sao Paulo is also at high altitude, so the power unit feels the effect.”
Brazil is the penultimate race of the 2018 season and Lowe is hoping for another unpredictable race, just like in 2012 and 2016.
“It is an undulating track which pushes the drivers, and we have had many unpredictable races here over the years making it an exciting spectacle as we reach the penultimate race of the season.”