5 things to watch out for at the Brazilian GP
Here are five things to keep an out for at the penultimate race of the F1 season
The drivers title may have been settled in Mexico two weeks ago, but there are still plenty of reasons to watch the Brazilian GP this weekend.
Interlagos is, perhaps, one of the greatest circuits on the calendar, with big undulation, a bumpy track surface, and a tight and twisty middle sector. It's a real challenge for both the car and driver.
This weekend, the constructors battle between Mercedes and Ferrari could reach its conclusion, Daniel Ricciardo is still desperate sign off his time at Red Bull with a podium, and the Renault vs Haas fight for fourth resumes.
Here are 5 things to watch out for at the Brazilian GP:
VETTEL ON TOP FORM
Now that the 2018 championship is over, the most important thing for Sebastian Vettel is to score at least one more win before the year is out. A win will generate some momentum going into 2019, and that has to be the Ferrari driver's focus. He won here last year, and the Ferrari appears to have regained its pace so expect him to be in the mix.
Interlagos is notorious for having pretty changeable weather. The mixed conditions have thrown up some memorable races in the past - none more so than the title decider in 2008. Do not discount some crazy weather again this weekend.
HAAS ON A FIGHTBACK
The Haas team's challenge for fourth place in the constructors championship took a real hit in Mexico, after both drivers endured an abysmal weekend. Overall, the Haas has been a stronger car than the Renault this year, and should (theoretically) go well at Interlagos, so watch out for the American team this weekend as it tries to hunt down its rivals.
BOTTAS ALLOWED TO WIN?
Valtteri Bottas has been really unlucky this year. Having suffered several retirements, the Finn has had to play the 'wingman' role to Hamilton in the second half of the year, which will not have helped to heal any wounds. However, with the title wrapped up, Bottas should be free to race. He took pole at Interlagos last year, but lost out on the win. Can he go one better this weekend?
RED BULL IN THE MIX
It's unlikely that the Red Bull car will be as quick as it was in Mexico. However, Interlagos is another high-altitude circuit, and the twisty middle sector should play into the hands of the Red Bull chassis. They might not win, but Ricciardo and Verstappen will be in the mix this weekend.
What are you looking forward to seeing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!