The tail end of the season is here and the championship could be over in a few days’ time.
A Rosberg win at the Brazilian GP would guarantee him the 2016 Drivers’ Championship, and he’s won the past two races at the track, Hamilton has never won the race, yet. The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace is a 4.309km long track with 15 corners, though many of them aren’t really corners. The race is 71 laps long giving a total distance of 305.939km and it is the third shortest lap in 2016 behind Monaco and Mexico.
13 of the previous 33 races (39.39%) have been won from pole position, one of the lowest pole to win percentages on the calendar, and quite interestingly 13 have also been won from second on the grid, one of the highest P2 to win percentages on the calendar. 22 different drivers have won the Brazilian GP when it has been at the current circuit (23 if you include Jacarepagua, Piquet the only driver to win there but not Interlagos) with Michael Schumacher the most successful with four wins and Ferrari the most successful team with eight.
Seeing as Rosberg can win the title this weekend I will break down all positions needed to secure the title.
P1 – Rosberg wins
P2 – Needs Hamilton P4 or lower
P3 – Needs Hamilton P6 or lower
P4 – Needs Hamilton P7 or lower
P5 – Needs Hamilton P8 or lower
P6 – Needs Hamilton P9 or lower
P7 – Needs Hamilton P11 or lower
The Silly Stats
Emerson Fittipaldi’s 70s sideburns are around 3 inches long, you’d need 56,548 sideburns to lap around Interlagos and 31,168,495 sideburns to completely cover the track.
You would need 2,380 Ronaldinhos lying flat on the circuit foot to head to complete a lap of Interlagos. Or if you didn’t have 2,380 Ronaldinhos around the house, you could use 19,586 standard size footballs.