Interlagos is without a doubt a legendary circuit. It has always been one of my most favourite tracks because of the history with the drivers they’ve had; Senna, Piquet and Fittipaldi did a huge amount for the sport. The Brazilian’s love motorsport and are very passionate about it, it’s got a great atmosphere and there’s always been a bit of drama as well with unpredictable weather.
The ambience at the track is fantastic and the way the circuit sits gives it a feel of an amphitheatre. It reminds me of Brands Hatch and the Formula Ford racing there because it’s a like a bowl and the crowd sits almost on top of the cars which creates a great vibe.
The track is at a high altitude which is tough for the engines and runs in anti-clockwise direction. It’s not the smoothest drive and it will be interesting to experience the sports car around there. With just over 4 kilometres it’s a short but very busy lap.
There are nice memories for me from Brazil with great results and obviously 2013 my last F1 race. I remember when I pulled up on the grid in Brazil last year. The difficult part for me was to get in the car, I was quite overcome with emotions and tried to take it all in. Taking off my helmet in the car after the race had finished was a nice thing for me to experience, seeing the marshals and the fans and there was a lot of noise which you normally don’t hear with the helmet on.
It was a very special day, I’ve finished with Seb and Fernando on the podium, who I’ve both raced a lot in my career and it was nice for me to be able to show that I can still drive well at the end of my F1 career.
Interlagos has always been good to me, I won there twice and been on the podium a few times so would it be great to finish my first season with Porsche in the WEC with another great result.
Edil Postolon November 25, 2014 Reply
Have a nice race!!! I’ll be there looking for the Porches!!!
pat goughon November 25, 2014 Reply
Really glad you have been enjoying your driving with porsche and doing eel with podiums but miss you on f1 hope see don’t loose Jenson as well good luck mark
Petraon November 29, 2014 Reply
Hi Mark, all the best of luck for Interlagos ! Was excited to see you as a special guest on the grid of Abu Dabi . What a fantastic finishing race , good stuff, even though Nico didn’t make it .He’s the same kind of sportsman and gentleman you are!
Cheers from China with a big hug!
Kereson November 30, 2014 Reply
Mark, all the best after your heavy crash today
Bengt Johannessonon December 2, 2014 Reply
Sorry Mate i hope u are OK !!!!
Love to see u next year, have a nice chrismas Cheers Ben