Setting the scene for Brazil

Setting the scene for Brazil

Edd Straw reports back from the build-up to this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. In among the title contenders, expect Felipe Massa to play a pivotal role

The Brazilian Grand Prix divides opinion among the Formula 1 paddock. Some love coming to a country that is enthusiastic about F1, hospitable and provides a classic track steeped in old-world charm. Others gripe about questionable security and a background level of disorganisation that recurs throughout the country. Fortunately, the latter are in the minority.

That's not to say that there aren't some lively stories produced in Sao Paulo, with tales of attempted car-jackings and the odd wallet theft commonplace (the Brazilians, it seems, have no fears about stealing even a Scotsman's wallet!). Nick Heidfeld has the right idea, admitting that he booked a bullet-proof car for his trip to Brazil's most populous city – although he quickly denied that his Sauber was the machine in question, despite the seeming indestructibility of team-mate Kamui Kobayashi's C29.

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