F1: Brazilian Grand Prix circuit suits McLaren drivers
PUBLISHED: 14:08 31 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:56 07 November 2010
THE Brazilian Grand Prix’s Interlagos circuit should present McLaren Mercedes with overtaking opportunities next Sunday, according to star driver Lewis Hamilton.
FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship
1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 231 points
2 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 220
3 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 210
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 206
5 Jenson Button (McLaren) 189
The 25-year-old Herts-born Formula 1 racer lies third in the world championship, 21 points behind Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso with just two rounds left – next Sunday’s Brazilian GP and the following week’s season-closer in Abu Dhabi.
Although conceding his MP4-25 isn’t as fast as Ferrari and Red Bull, Hamilton – second last week in the inaugural Korean Grand Prix – is optimistic that McLaren can still score highly around the anti-clockwise Sao Paulo circuit.
Hamilton said: “We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we’ll have a decent package that should work well.
“We have a strong engine and good straightline speed, so I think we’ll still be quick – crucially, that combination should give us the opportunity to pass into the first corner, which is probably the best overtaking spot on the track.”
"We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we’ll have a decent package that should work well."
Defending F1 world champion Jenson Button, Hamilton’s team-mate, clinched the title in Brazil 12 months ago for Brawn GP and also thinks McLaren will do better at Interlagos than many observers believe.
He said: “Interlagos is an incredible racetrack – a place where you can race hard, where all your mistakes are punished and where you’re really rewarded for attacking.
“I think our package will be well suited to this circuit.”
The 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, November 7.
The day-night Abu Dhabi GP is a week later on Sunday, November 14.
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