São Paulo is host to the only Grand Prix in South America and it’s a firm favourite with fans. The nature of the circuit and the changeable weather often mean exciting and unpredictable races. Its traditional slot towards the end of the season takes the tension up another notch.
Formula One has been coming to São Paulo since 1973 and in that time the track has been the scene of many memorable races. But it’s one man in particular with whom the circuit and the city of São Paulo are synonymous.
Ayrton Senna was born and grew up in São Paulo and began his racing career at Interlagos karting track. No Brazilian F1 driver managed to stir the passions of the home crowd like Senna and he didn’t disappoint, taking victory in 1991 and 1993. The track layout has changed little since 1990 making Interlagos a full-on blast of nostalgia.
Plenty of F1 fans travel the world to see their heroes, but the Brazilian Grand Prix is often low on their list of must-go races. Distance plays a part in that, but many also have the impression of a circuit that is a bit run down, and of a city that’s unsafe for tourists.
Though these impressions are not entirely baseless, they are overblown and no reason not to visit this classic venue and beautiful country.
Whether it’s football world cup fans or F1 spectators, Brazilians know how to have a good time in support of their sporting heroes. On race day the grandstands of Interlagos come alive, and the air fills with samba music and good vibes. If you have an adventurous spirit, join them.
Weather & ClimateSão Paulo Weather
Weather at Interlagos can be very changeable. When the rain tips down it does spice up proceedings but being in any uncovered grandstand (most of them) ain’t much fun. Bring a poncho and a small umbrella.
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.