David Coulthard's Brazilian GP preview

David Coulthard's Brazilian GP preview

David Coulthard is a former Brazilian Grand Prix winner, so he knows all about how special it is to stand on top of the Interlagos podium. In his exclusive AUTOSPORT column, the former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver outlines what makes the place so unique

Interlagos. Just saying the word conjures up images of so many triumphs and tragedies, and the real Brazilian gladiators of Formula 1 like Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittipaldi basking in the adoration of their home crowd. And while it's not quite up there with Spa and Suzuka as the drivers' favourite tracks, you don't exactly hear many complaints either.

The circuit itself might not quite be the challenge that it was back in the 1970s, but it's still a classic, and has produced some absolute thrillers; Kimi Raikkonen's title in 2007, Jenson Button's charge to the championship two years ago, and the unforgettable last corner pass by Lewis Hamilton on Timo Glock that made him – and not Felipe Massa – world champion in the intervening season. And that's only going back a couple of years.

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