Trackside at Interlagos – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Your trackside guide to Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race is on November 10-12, 2017.

Interlagos may not be the most modern circuit or the best organized race on the calendar, but these shortcomings are more than compensated by the amazing trackside atmosphere and friendly, passionate local fans (even if they don’t respect the numbered tickets and sit wherever they want!) The circuit has a relatively small capacity for just 80,000 spectators, with no general admission areas and no infield access.

Brazil GP: need to know

  • The circuit gates open at 07:00 and close at 14:00, and there’s no pass outs.
  • Children under 5 are not allowed to enter the circuit, whilst children aged between 5-12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • No food or drink can be brought into the circuit. Snack bars with food and drinks are located in the A, M, G and Q sectors. You can also buy drinks and icecreams from the comfort of your grandstand seat!
  • All grandstands and spectator areas at Interlagos are wheelchair accessible
  • There’s a “GP BRASIL F1 2017” app available for IOS/Android, but it’s only available in Portugese.

2017 Brazilian Grand Prix Schedule

The Brazilian GP doesn’t have the best on-track schedule when compared to other races. In addition to 6-7 hours of F1 action on the track, there are just two support categories in 2017; the Porsche Challenge and the Porsche Cup, both of which will hold two races over the course of the weekend. A “Ferrari 70 Years celebration” is also set for Saturday before qualifying.

Friday, November 10

  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 12:00-12:30: Porsche Cup qualifying
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 15:55-16:30: Porsche Challenge practice

Saturday, November 11

  • 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 12:15-13:15: Ferrari 70 years celebration
  • 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 (qualifying)
  • 15:25-15:55: Porsche Challenge qualifying
  • 16:25-17:00: Porsche Cup race one (25 mins + l lap)
  • 17:30-18:15: Bicycle Event (Road Safety Project)

Sunday, November 12

  • 09:15-09:50: Porsche Challenge race one (25 mins + l lap)
  • 10:15-10:50: Porsche Cup race two (25 mins + l lap)
  • 11:00-12:00: VIP Charity Drive
  • 12:30-12:45: F1 Driver’s track parade
  • 12:45-13:15: Starting Grid presentation
  • 14:00-16:00: Grande Premio Do Brasil De Formula 1 2017

Interlagos tips

  • The weather is unpredictable at Interlagos and rain is common, so check the weather forecast and be prepared! There’s little shade from the sun, so pack your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Even if warmer weather is forecast, it’s worth bringing a sweater as it can get cool and breezy in the afternoons.
  • Read Getting There & Around for information on how to get to the circuit (hint: take the Metro)
  • If you’re sat in the cheapest “A” grandstand, be aware that these are concrete bleachers; bring along a small cushion or something to sit on.

Danielle Mota, our Brazil expert on sector A at Interlagos: “The atmosphere in this sector is amazing. There are people from all over Brazil and around the world. Everyone is friendly and just happy to be at Interlagos. Watching the GP from here is a unique experience.” Read more here.

Alice West went to the race in 2013: “Don’t bother packing an anorak for rain as you can buy a lightweight plastic poncho from vendors for next to nothing. Interlagos operates a no re-entry policy and they confiscate umbrellas, water and all sorts of other useful things on entry, so come with very little. Refreshingly, food and drink is pretty good and not expensive here and the toilets are clean and plentiful.Read Alice’s report here

Visit the Ayrton Senna Kart Track

No trip to Interlagos would be complete without a visit to the historic Kartódromo Ayrton Senna, a 1150 meter kart track adjacent to the main F1 circuit. Opened in 1970, this is where the careers of many of Brazil’s greatest drivers began, including Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Rubens Barichello. Twenty-five minutes behind the wheel of a racing kart will set you back R$120 (approximately $37 USD). Opening hours are Tuesday-Friday (17:30-23:00), Saturday (12:30-23:00) and Sunday (12:30 to 21:30). It’s probably worth booking ahead on Grand Prix weekend. More details here.

Want to visit the circuit another time?

There’s a public park for walking and cycling around the perimeter of Interlagos. Access is via gate 7 or 9 and it’s open from 07:00-17:00, 7 days a week (but not during the race weekend.) You can also contact the circuit to arrange a track tour.

Been to Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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