Brazilian GP McLaren preview

Brazil's Interlagos circuit, situated in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, hosts round three of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, where the West McLaren Mercedes team is looking to realise the potential of the MP4-16 demonstrated in the first...

Brazil's Interlagos circuit, situated in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, hosts round three of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, where the West McLaren Mercedes team is looking to realise the potential of the MP4-16 demonstrated in the first two races of the season.

The West McLaren Mercedes team arrive at the lnterlagos circuit, for the final race before the European season begins, following an intensive 3-day test session at Barcelona with both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard joining third driver Alexander Wurz in Spain.

The 2.684 mile / 4.325 km circuit is among the most challenging and punishing of the Championship. The track offers a combination of gradient changes, medium speed left-hand corners, fast straights and a bumpy surface.

The circuit also runs in an anti-clockwise direction, which, in combination with the heat of Brazil, increases the physical demands on the drivers who mainly test and race on clockwise tracks, leading to discomfort on the left-hand side of the head and neck.

Since Emerson Fittipaldi first won the Brazilian Grand Prix for the team in 1974, McLaren has won the event a total of nine times - more than any other Formula One constructor.

Mika Hakkinen:
"We always enter a race weekend with the intention of winning and this is the key target for Brazil. The West McLaren Mercedes team and myself are working as hard as possible to secure the desired result. I enjoy racing at lnterlagos as the Brazilian fans have a real passion for the sport and the atmosphere is always fantastic"

David Coulthard:
"lnterlagos is a greater physical challenge than some of the other tracks, and it demands a high level of fitness, which I have been focusing on over the winter, the circuit also offers genuine overtaking opportunities, in particular through the first corner, adding to the interest of the race. Historically the Brazilian race has been successful for the McLaren team and I hope we can continue this trend in 2001"

At both Australia and Malaysia we have seen the capability of the MP4-16, through both reliability and speed, and we aim to show that the work carried out in testing will enable the team to harness the maximum potential of the car at Interlagos"

-McLaren

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Emerson Fittipaldi
Teams Mercedes , McLaren