Brazilian Grand Prix 2014 – Preview and Betting Tips

After the race in Austin, the Brazilian Grand Prix which takes place in Sao Paolo will be the next stop for F1. This race will be held at Interlagos on November 9 at 2pm local time (4pm GMT). It‘s the last stop for F1 before the much awaited final race in Abu Dhabi in which double points will be awarded to drivers. While many experts agree that the outcome of this race will still not be sufficient to decide the title race for this year, the rich history of the Brazilian Grand Prix and the passionate fans which always provide a festive atmosphere to the occasion makes it one of the most awaited races in the calendar.

Overview

autodromo-jose-carlos-pace-brazilian-grand-prix-2014The Brazilian Grand Prix is the only F1 race held in South America right now. This race was first held in 1973 and in 1990 the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace became its permanent home. This track is located at Interlagos, a suburb in Sao Paolo. It has a length of 4.309 kilometers making it one of the shortest circuits in F1. This track is filled with 15 turns which makes it very difficult for drivers considering its short length. The Autodromo was built on a marshy area which is why it has a bumpy surface and this adds another challenge to drivers.

The Brazilian GP has 71 laps and covers a total distance of 305.909 kilometers. The race here is also one of the few which is run in a counterclockwise direction. Aside from that, another unique aspect about this stage is that the track is located at an altitude of 800 meters. This has proven to have significant effect on the aerodynamics and performance of the engines of cars. For this race Pirelli will use its soft (option) and medium (prime) compound tires. This will be the eighth time that these compounds will be used this year.

Drivers

Among the drivers that will compete on Sunday, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa of Williams-Mercedes are the two most successful drivers here in Interlagos with two wins each. Jenson Button of McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari have also won this race once.

The main protagonists this year, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are still yet to win in the Brazilian GP. Hamilton’s best result here was in 2009 when he finished third. He failed to finish this race in 2011 because of a mechanical problem and in 2012 due to an accident. Last year he finished ninth overall here. Rosberg’s best finish here was last year in fifth place.

Like in most F1 races, most of the wins in Interlagos came from those which started the race at the pole position. The results of the qualifying here will be a key factor in the outcome of the race.

Betting tips

Bookmakers have put favorable odds on the duo of Hamilton and Rosberg to win the Brazilian GP despite their unimpressive record in this race. The odds for Hamilton here are at 1.67 in Betvictor while Rosberg is at 3.5 in Coral and William Hill. Past winners like Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button have odds higher than 25 which simply means betting on them is like throwing away your money.

Hamilton is now five in a row after winning the United States GP. The momentum is clearly on his side. Rosberg meanwhile has failed to outdo his teammate in the last races and was even outclassed in numerous times during the race despite having a good start. Even though Hamilton is yet to make his mark here in Brazil I’ll still choose to back him in this race. I think everything is working well for him and he can easily win this just like what he did in the last five races.

Betting Tips: Lewis Hamilton to win, 1.57 (Odds from TitanBet)