FIA Formula One World Championship - Round 3 Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos - 30 March-1 April 2001 Honda goes west Formula One crosses continents to South America this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paolo, for round...
FIA Formula One World Championship - Round 3
Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos - 30 March-1 April 2001
Honda goes west
Formula One crosses continents to South America this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paolo, for round three of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship and the last 'flyaway' race before the international circus' European season begins.
Honda and its partner teams, Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda and Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda, will arrive in Brazil following a three-day test in Barcelona last week (21-23 March), which the majority of F1 teams attended, partly in preparation for the coming race.
Both BAR Honda and Jordan Honda had productive tests, at which Honda engineers continued an ongoing programme of engine development in addition to optimising engine set-up for Brazil. Like most, Honda also worked with the teams on the fine-tuning of traction control, in the lead-up to the reintroduction of the technology at the Spanish Grand Prix at the end of April.
Interlagos' characteristics include a notorious long uphill drag at the end of the lap, as Honda Racing Development's technical director, Kazutoshi Nishizawa, describes: "Interlagos is basically a mid-speed circuit, but the throttle is fully open for a reasonably high percentage of the time. The fast last corner and uphill pit straight following it are the main areas where a powerful engine can bring an advantage."
Jordan Honda's Heinz-Harald Frentzen has scored points in both races so far while his team-mate Jarno Trulli and the BAR Hondas of Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis have all demonstrated the potential to do the same. All three will aim to get off the mark in Brazil while Frentzen will seek to extend his points tally, as Kazutoshi Nishizawa explains: "We've had promising qualifying sessions in both races so far, with all four Honda-powered cars in the top 10. These haven't really been converted into good race results so this time we want to show what we're capable of on race day."
Honda's Formula One pedigree has its fair share of Brazilian breeding, with three Grands Prix wins to its credit from the 10 it has contested, two of them courtesy of home-grown multi-world champions Nelson Piquet in 1986 and Ayrton Senna in 1991 (his first home GP win). Alain Prost delivered victory in 1987 to give Honda-power back-to-back Brazilian GP wins. Supplementing these achievements, Honda-supported drivers have taken their respective places on the podium at the Brazilian Grand Prix on 10 occasions.
<pre> Circuit Details Circuit Name Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Circuit Address Avenida Teutonio Vilelela, Interlagos, Sao Paolo, Brazil Circuit Length 4.292km/2.667miles
Timetable (all times are local, CET is 5 hours behind, UK time is 4 hours behind) Friday Free Practice: 11.00-12.00 & 13.00-14.00 Saturday Free Practice: 09.00-09.45 & 10.15-11.00 Qualifying: 13.00-14.00 Sunday Warm-up: 09.30-10.00 Race (71 laps): 14.00
Honda in Brazil 2000 Zonta 10th/Villeneuve DNF
Honda in Brazil 10 Grands Prix; three wins (Piquet 1986, Prost 1987, Senna 1991); 10 podiums
Honda F1 winners Senna 32, Mansell 13, Prost 11, Piquet 7, Berger & Rosberg 3, Ginther & Surtees 1
Team wins powered by Honda McLaren-Honda 44 - Williams-Honda 23 - Honda 2 - Lotus-Honda