McLaren struggled last time out in Mexico with both cars failing to finish the race in the top ten. But Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have both won the World Championship in Brazil and have high hopes of scoring valuable points in Sao Paulo.
Speaking exclusively to Mobil 1, Jenson Button gives the lowdown on the incredibly tricky Interlagos circuit and the rich culture that lies beyond the circuit.
Ahead of the weekend, McLaren’s Racing Director Eric Boullier said,
“Over the past few races, we’ve seen that our form has fluctuated due to a variety of circuit-specific characteristics. We’re working hard to iron out these differences from track-to-track, but it’s inevitable that some circuits will suit our package’s strengths better than others.
Interlagos is a real test of car and driver and often we see the best drivers shine there. It demands a lot from them, and at this time of year the circuit is notorious for tricky driving conditions if it rains, especially on the many off-camber areas of the track.
Along with the backdrop of Sao Paulo, the incredibly enthusiastic Brazilian fans and the undulating nature of the circuit all make for great racing and one of the most exciting Grands Prix of the year. McLaren has seen a great deal of success in Brazil – both Fernando and Jenson clinched their world titles there – and it’s a special place for our team. Interlagos rightfully deserves its legendary status on the calendar and we’re aiming for a positive weekend at this incredible venue.”
– Eric Boullier
McLaren look to be finishing the season 6th in the Constructors standings given that it’s unlikely that Toro Rosso in 7th will be able to outscore the British team by 20 points in the remaining two races. Whilst this result isn’t what the team or the drivers expect, it sets a sturdy platform in which to build something more successful for next season, when Aerodynamics should dictate the order a bit more.