Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Preview 30th March 1997 Two weeks have passed since David and Mika's fantastic result in Australia; first and third positions have put the West McLaren Mercedes team at the...
Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Preview 30th March 1997
Two weeks have passed since David and Mika's fantastic result in Australia; first and third positions have put the West McLaren Mercedes team at the top of the leader board for the start of the season, a position which everyone will be fighting to maintain. Furthermore it sees McLaren top the number of points accrued by a Grand Prix team in the Constructors Championship, with a total of over 2000.
The Grand Prix machine is once again on the road, this time to the South American leg of the Championship. With Brazil and Argentina following one after the other, the amount of freight which left the factory was in the region of 20 tonnes, and careful planning and packing has been necessary to ensure that everything arrives without damage. The team departs over the weekend, some of whom will stay out for the duration of the three week period encompassing both races.
The Interlargos circuit situated in the outskirts of Sao Paulo is 4.235ks long and with its hilly terrain present an interesting challenge to all the drivers. The stifling atmosphere along with the lack of grip and the G forces created by such a circuit, put both physical and mental pressures on the drivers unlike any other ciruit on the Grand Prix calendar.
The enthusiastic ambience of the Brazilian crowd will however, as in previous years, lift the drivers spirits as they wait on the starting grid prior to the race beginning. "Brazil does have a very special atmosphere" says David Coulthard, "and naturally having won last time out you approach the next race with a feeling of greater confidence. However, we still need to keep our feet on the ground as we are only at the beginning of the season."
Since Melbourne David and Mika have been testing at Silvestone, which involved a full race distance and some concentrated tyre testing. David also had the pleasure of meeting the Prime Minister, Mr John Major, when he visited the McLaren headquarters as a guest of Ron Dennis and Mansour Ojjech.