Need To Know: 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix

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The penultimate round of the season sees Formula 1 visit Interlagos in Sao Paulo. Here’s everything you need to about traveling to the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 15-17, 2019!

Formula 1 has visited Brazil every season since Interlagos first appeared on the calendar in 1973. Ten of those races were held at Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, but since 1990 every running of the Brazilian Grand Prix has been held at Interlagos in Sao Paulo. The city’s population has grown by over six million since F1 returned to the circuit in the 1990s. With that growing population has come a growing number of skyscrapers dominating the Sao Paulo skyline.

There is plenty to see on your trip to the spectacular city. From fascinating architecture, to fabulous food and massive markets, Sao Paulo is rich in unique cultural experiences. F1 fans can also pay their respects to Ayrton Senna, whose grave is located 15km north of the circuit. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit within the city and further afield in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Interlagos for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

While last year’s attendance figure for the Brazilian Grand Prix was not publicly revealed, the weekend attendance in 2017 was just over 140,000. There are no General Admission areas at the Interlagos, making the average three-day ticket somewhat more expensive than at other races. The affordability for local fans is not good in Brazil, with tickets costing 28% of the average monthly wage.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix!

Be prepared for all kinds of weather at the circuit – rain has often been a factor at the Brazilian Grand Prix, most notably in 2003, 2008 and 2016. Although there are strict policies on what is and isn’t allowed to be taken into the circuit, there are plenty of amenities available inside the gates. Thankfully, the food and drink offered at the track is pretty good and inexpensive.

There isn’t much in the way of a support series at the event, but there is additional on-track action with two Porsche Cup 3.8 races and two Porsche Cup 4.0 races. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix

Plenty of Formula 1 history has been recorded in Sao Paulo – from Senna’s unforgettable home wins to dramatic title deciders. The atmosphere is bound to be just as electric this season as in previous years, with up to 80,000 passionate Brazilian F1 fans in attendance on race day. Remember that Interlagos is an old school track – so don’t expect the most modern facilities or the best organised race of the year!

Though the destiny of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship has been decided ahead of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, you can guarantee that all of the top runners will be fighting just as hard for this year’s victory.

Last year saw one of the season’s most talked about moments as race leader Max Verstappen tangled with Force India’s Esteban Ocon while lapping the Frenchman – leading to a memorable altercation after the race. Lewis Hamilton ultimately won for Mercedes at Interlagos in 2018 – the team’s fourth victory at the circuit in five years.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Sadly, the Brazilian Grand Prix sometimes appears in the news for the wrong reasons. In recent years, numerous F1 personnel have fallen victim to armed robberies when leaving the Interlagos Circuit. Sao Paulo does have a relatively high crime rate, so remain vigilant during your trip. More advice on safety can be found here.

If you’re not at Interlagos for this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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