Trackside at Interlagos – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

Filed in Brazilian F1 Travel Guide by on 0 Comments

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

This post will be fully updated around 2-4 weeks before this year’s race. We’ve left last year’s content below for reference; much of the advice will remain unchanged.

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!)

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.
  • All grandstands and spectator areas at Interlagos are wheelchair accessible
  • There’s a “GP BRASIL F1 2016” app available for IOS/Android, but it’s only available in Portugese.

2016 Brazilian Grand Prix schedule

  • Friday, November 11
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 (free practice 2)
  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 (free practice 1)
  • Saturday, November 12
  • 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 (free practice 3)
  • 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 (qualifying)
  • Sunday, November 13
  • 12:30: F1 Driver’s track parade
  • 14:00-16:00: Grande Premio Do Brasil De Formula 1 2016

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

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!

May 8, 2017

Trackside at Interlagos – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

Your trackside guide to Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

March 31, 2017

Budget Planner – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

Use our budget planner to work out the cost of your weekend at the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix.

March 31, 2017

Tickets – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos

Your guide to buying tickets and the best places to watch the action at the Interlagos circuit for the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix. This year’s race is on November 10-12, 2017.

January 6, 2017

Accommodation – 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix

The best rated budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation in São Paulo for the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Interlagos.

December 29, 2016

Getting There & Around – Brazilian Grand Prix

How to get to São Paulo for the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix, plus the best ways to get to the Interlagos circuit.

October 30, 2016

Race Facts – Brazilian Grand Prix

History and interesting facts about the Brazilian Grand Prix, which is held each November at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos suburb of Sao Paolo.

October 2, 2016

Off-Track Activities – Brazilian Grand Prix

Your guide to the best off-track activities in São Paulo away from the Interlagos circuit plus Brazilian holiday ideas.

September 13, 2016

Travel Basics – Brazilian Grand Prix

Start planning your trip to the 2016 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in São Paolo on November 11-13.

Tags: , , , ,

About the Author ()

Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *