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Brazil Grand Prix preview: 5 storylines to look at in closing Dash Race of the season

It’s the penultimate weekend of the 2022 Formulation 1 season. Max Verstappen has claimed his second World Championship, Pink Bull has received their first Constructors’ Title in 9 years, and it seems the rift between Sky Sports activities and the group has been resolved heading into the Brazil Grand Prix. The titles could also be determined, however the remainder of the grid nonetheless has loads of battle for, and with a Dash Race on Saturday it’ll be an action-packed weekend.

Since Mexico Metropolis, the F1 circus visited Las Vegas for the official launch get together forward of subsequent 12 months’s Grand Prix down the Vegas Strip, which will probably be a (very) late Saturday night time race the weekend earlier than Thanksgiving. It’s exhausting to fairly image the spectacle that awaits. In the meantime, again on the observe regulate Pierre Gasly. Any additional incidents might end in further penalty factors and rule him out of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

However first, it’s the Brazil Grand Prix on the Interlagos circuit in São Paolo. The weekend will function a Dash Race, reminiscences of Lewis Hamilton heroics, a tense battle for 4th, an American again on observe, and extra.

1. The Dash Race

Cherished by some, loathed by others. The third and closing Dash Race of the season will happen on Saturday. If you’re new to F1, right here’s the overview:

  • Qualifying strikes to Friday afternoon
  • On Saturday there will probably be a shorter, 24-lap race
  • Factors are awarded to drivers ending within the prime eight (1st will get eight factors, 2nd will get seven, and so on.)
  • The outcomes of the Dash Race set the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix

The argument for Dash Races is that it creates extra racing (motion) and removes one observe session, growing the weekend leisure bundle for F1. The argument towards is that it goes away from the standard qualifying to the Grand Prix format and that drivers will probably be extra cautious to keep away from damaging their automotive for the primary race. Both means, get used to them as a result of in 2023 F1 is increasing the format from three rounds to 6.

2. Lewis Hamilton

Count on loads of consideration on the 7-time World Champion this weekend. Firstly, Hamilton was awarded Honorary Brazilian citizenship this week. Second, Mercedes have made big strides of their improvement in latest weeks as they’ve bested Ferrari the final two weeks with Hamilton ending second each occasions. Might their enhancements mixed with Pink Bull turning some consideration to 2023 result in a primary win for Mercedes in both the Dash Race or Grand Prix?

Lastly, there will probably be quite a few mentions of Lewis’ legendary drive at Interlagos final season. He took pole place by about half a second, however a rear-wing infraction despatched him to the again of the grid for Saturday’s Dash Race. He then handed 15 automobiles to complete fifth. However he was dropped to tenth for the Grand Prix after changing an engine part. As soon as once more he was the quickest on the day and after an intense battle with Max Verstappen took received the win — his final in F1. Over the course of the weekend, he handed 28 automobiles and arrange the epic finale of the 2021 F1 season.

3. McLaren vs. Alpine

The battle for fourth place within the Constructors’ Championship has been in flux all season. Alpine seems to have the higher automotive however suffers from reliability points. McLaren has a tremendously gifted driver in Lando Norris, however his teammate Daniel Ricciardo has struggled a lot of the 12 months. With two races left the 2 groups are separated by simply seven factors. The winner takes dwelling bragging rights and thousands and thousands extra in prize cash, whereas the loser has the comfort of additional wind tunnel check time for growing the 2023 automotive. All 4 drivers have been within the factors at the very least as soon as within the final two weeks. With further factors on the road within the Dash Race, São Paulo might be the deciding spherical.

4. Haas’ 2nd seat

Will Haas announce Nico Hulkenberg earlier than observe kicks off on Friday? The indicators seem to have aligned to see the German driver return to the F1 grid. Mick Schumacher logged his ninth straight Grand Prix with out factors in Mexico Metropolis. In the meantime, Formulation E Champion Stoffel Vandoorne has been introduced as Aston Martin’s Reserve Driver subsequent 12 months, together with F2 Champion Felipe Drugovich. Contemplating that’s Hulkenberg’s position this season it seems a performed deal he’ll companion with Kevin Magnussen subsequent 12 months, leaving the younger Schumacher in search of a Reserve Driver position or one other racing collection.

5. Logan Sargeant Again On Observe

The American Formulation 2 driver will probably be climbing into the Williams automotive once more in São Paulo. Sargeant will drive Alex Albon’s FW44 on Saturday throughout Free Observe 2 (10:25 am on ESPNews). He drove observe classes for the group in Austin and Mexico Metropolis, however because of two crimson flag incidents in Mexico, he didn’t log the required 100km to earn one other level towards his Tremendous License for subsequent season. Sargeant can be anticipated to drive in FP1 for Williams on the finale subsequent weekend in Abu Dhabi and the Younger Driver Check. Williams goes all out to get Sargeant as many factors as attainable to make sure he can be a part of Albon on the F1 grid subsequent season.

How To Watch (all occasions ET)

  • Observe 1 – Friday 11/11 – 10:25 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
  • Qualifying – Friday 11/11 – 1:30 pm – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN (Be aware: Protection begins at 1:50 pm on ESPN2 & 1:30 pm on the opposite channels)
  • Observe 2 – Saturday 11/12 – 10:25 am – ESPNEWS/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
  • Dash Race – Saturday 11/12 – 2:00 pm – ESPNEWS/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN (Be aware: Protection begins at 2:23 pm on ESPNews & 1:30 pm on ESPN Deportes)
  • Grand Prix Sunday (Pre-race Present) – Sunday 11/13 – 11:30 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
  • Grand Prix Race – Sunday 11/13 – 12:55 pm – ABC/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN



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