- Interlagos Circuit History
In the first twenty years of the World Championship Brazil had shown very little interest in motor sport. All that changed in the early 1970s when Emerson Fittipaldi exploded on the international scene. His success led to the inauguration of the Brazilian Grand Prix and the venue chosen was Sao Paolo - Emerson's home town.
The Interlagos circuit had been built in 1940 and consisted of a sweeping outer section with a tight infield - an unusual concept in its day.
At just shy of five miles in length the circuit was also one of the longest tracks on the calendar. Located just a few miles from downtown Sao Paulo attendances have usually been enormous especially in the boom years of Brazilian racing.
The fact that the track was built within a natural amphitheatre has resulted in spectators being offered an excellent view of more than half of the circuit, regardless of where they sit.
Interlagos in one of the toughest tracks on the current round of Formula circuits and having been built on basically unstable ground the surface is full of lumps and bumps. Unusually the circuit runs anti-clockwise and is at high-altitude, so races are particularly hard on the drivers. The ever-present heat and humidity of Brazil also add to the driver's discomfort
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