A lap of Interlagos with Button

BAR's Jenson Button describes a lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos "Interlagos has always been a circuit that I have enjoyed driving on. There has been some very good racing there over the years, especially last year with the wet ...

BAR's Jenson Button describes a lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos

"Interlagos has always been a circuit that I have enjoyed driving on. There has been some very good racing there over the years, especially last year with the wet conditions. It's also a circuit where our car should perform very well, as we have good braking stability which is essential due to the amount of times that you are braking and turning in at the same time."

Jenson Button.
Photo by Honda F1 Press Office.

"From the start line down the main straight to turn one is very bumpy and it's difficult to find your braking point. You're doing about 320 kph when you hit the brakes. The circuit drops away slightly and the apex is downhill so it's a very tough corner to get right but when you do it's a great feeling."

"After the first apex you drop down the hill to turn two which is a right-hander. It's important to get a good exit as you go through to the long left-hander of turn three. This is easy flat, just changing up through the gears trying to keep it as smooth as you can."

"Down the back straight into turn four, it's heavy on the brakes and a good place to try and overtake if you are close enough. You need to try and carry speed through here as much as possible. Into turn five and you're just up-shifting as you go through, it's not really a corner."

"Next it's down a straight into turn six and you have to brake and turn in at the same time. You carry a lot of speed in fourth gear and then you go over the brow of a hill so it's difficult to see the braking point for turn seven which is a right-hander, down into second gear. Cross the kerb at the apex using as much of the circuit as possible and then line yourself up for turn eight, a low-speed left hander."

"Again the circuit drops away here for apex to exit. The traction control is working hard to try to keep the car in a straight line. Then up a couple of gears before you get into the next right-hander, tightening on the entry. It's a first gear corner, keep the car over the apex as much as you can on the exit because you have a long left-hander coming up which you take in fourth gear."

"The circuit drops away and goes downhill slightly so you can't see the exit. It's a very difficult corner, especially in the wet. And that takes you into the last real corner on the circuit, which is second gear uphill, using as much kerb as you can on the apex."

"Watch out for the exit because it drops away and you can lose a lot of time on the kerb. Then you're back onto the straight, although it's not really straight because you're turning all the way though there. In the wet it's a corner as Mark Webber found out last year but in the dry it's not an issue. And then it's just down the bumpy straight to the start and finish line."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber