F1 Brazilian Grand Prix
São Paulo is the current home of Formula One in Brazil, and the track in Interlagos is a favourite with drivers and the home fans alike. This is where local legends Fittipaldi, Senna and Massa won, to the delight of the crowd; this is where Hamilton snatched his first Drivers’ World Title from Massa’s grasp on the last corner of the 2008 GP; this is where Alonso and Vettel battled it out to become 2012 Champion, with the German claiming the triple crown in dramatic fashion. The Autodromo José Carlos Pace, named after the São Paulo local who won in 1975, is a difficult course with changes in elevation and lots of turns. The weather often turns wet, which has created much excitement in recent races, and as the penultimate GP, the championships are often decided here. The fans are also an integral part of the Grand Prix experience: their passion, exuberance and joy create a carnival atmosphere that can be felt throughout the stands.
Brazil’s largest city is just that – large. Bigger than New York in terms of size and population, São Paulo can be overwhelming, but there is so much to be discovered in this bustling metropolis. From green parks to art galleries, from rooftop bars to amazing food markets, this place has it all. Tourists can enjoy fun samba parties or tours taking in all the best street art the city has to offer. And then there’s the food: deliciously deep feijoada stews, sweet and sticky desserts and of course, churrascarias – traditional steakhouses where barbecued cuts of meat are sliced straight onto your plate. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a refreshing caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. All of this, coupled with the warm welcome you receive from the locals will leave you wanting more.