Autódromo José Carlos Pace will host the
20th race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship from
11 to 13 November.
Located some fifteen kilometres from Sao Paulo, the circuit was formerly known as the Autódromo de Interlagos. In 1985 it was named after Brazilian driver José Carlos Pace, who won a single Formula 1 GP on the Interlagos track; he died in a plane crash in 1977.
The nearly 8 kilometre long track used in the '70s was first reduced to 4,325 metres, then 4,292 metres and finally, in the year 2000, to its current 4,309 metres. The track sees a lot of driving and features large high-speed curves that only require mild braking: single-seaters face Curva do Sol at about 250 km/h, Subida dos Boxes at 275 km/h and Arquibancadas at over 300 km/h.
According to the Brembo technicians who
ranked the 21 World Cup tracks on a scale of 1 to 10 the Autódromo José Carlos Pace is the least demanding for the brakes. The track was given a difficulty index of 3, which puts in on par with the
Silverstone track. As with the British circuit, the main challenge for the brakes is the possibility of rain and dropping temperatures: at the 2012 Brazilian GP air temperatures never rose above 19 degrees Celsius.