David Coulthard's Brazilian GP preview
David Coulthard is a former Brazilian Grand Prix winner, so he knows all about how special it is to stand on top of the Interlagos podium. In his exclusive AUTOSPORT column, the former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver outlines what makes the place so unique
Senna, winning in 1993 here, was adored by his home fans at Interlagos © LAT
The circuit itself might not quite be the challenge that it was back in the 1970s, but it's still a classic, and has produced some absolute thrillers; Kimi Raikkonen's title in 2007, Jenson Button's charge to the championship two years ago, and the unforgettable last corner pass by Lewis Hamilton on Timo Glock that made him - and not Felipe Massa - world champion in the intervening season. And that's only going back a couple of years.
I haven't even mentioned the atmosphere yet. And that's something to behold. So many of these new tracks now have amazing facilities, but there's just something lacking in their personality. In Brazil you just know you won't go even a day without one of the toilet blocks overflowing and most of the track needs a lick of paint or two, but you don't notice any of it really, and what you do notice, you certainly don't mind, because the personality of the place is amazing.
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