Just two races remain in the battle to be crowned Formula 1 World Champion for 2014 and Sky Sports F1 has exclusively live coverage of the penultimate grand prix of the season in Brazil this weekend.
The 18th round of the season sees the teams and drivers head from North America, following last weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, to South America for the latest chapter in a compelling season both on and off the track, with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton firmly in the box seat to secure his second world title.
A firm and favourite fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 1973, the Brazilian Grand Prix has been held at the famous Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo every year since 1990 and has been won by a who’s who of motorsport greats over the years.
Alain Prost racked up six victories during his career, while Michael Schumacher won four times, though crowd favourites Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna are also among those who have managed to win their home grand prix, to the delight of the always passionate Brazilian support.
Felipe Massa is the final name on that list, but he won’t remember his most recent success back in 2008 too fondly. He may have claimed the chequered flag for the second time at his home race, but the world title that was briefly in his grasp eluded him at the last.
In a pedestrian race that exploded into life right at the death, Lewis Hamilton had the drivers’ championship seemingly sewn up, almost let
it slip through his fingers and then rescued it on the final corner of the very last lap, in one of the most dramatic finishes to a Formula 1 season ever.
Now in pole position to secure his second world title, Hamilton will hope to avoid any similar drama this time round and thanks to his convincing win in Austin last weekend, the Briton now has a 24-point lead over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton recorded his 32nd grand prix success last Sunday which saw him overtake 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell as the all-time British record holder for Formula 1 race wins, a record which stood for 20 years.
But the job’s far from done with the controversial double points, 50 in total, on offer for a win at the season’s finale in Abu Dhabi mean Hamilton will not get over the line in Brazil, but a first-ever win at Interlagos would edge him that little bit closer.
In its place as one of the final destinations on the Formula 1 calendar since 2004, Sao Paulo has played host to six title deciders in the last 10 seasons, and while the title will not be decided here, every point for either Hamilton or Rosberg will be critical going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi in two weeks time.
As season goes down to the wire, fans can follow all the action from the 18th round of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season live on Sky Sports F1, or by watching extended free-to-air highlights of qualifying and the race on BBC TV.
Sky Sports F1 is the only place to see the entire Brazilian Grand Prix weekend live as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s titanic championship battle nears its climax.
As with last weekend’s race in the United States, the Brazilian Grand Prix is held in another favourable time slot for UK Formula 1 fans, with both qualifying and the race taking place in a late-afternoon/early-evening slot.
The race will be shown live and uninterrupted on Sunday afternoon on Sky Sports F1, starting at 4.00pm, along with the qualifying session on Saturday also at 4.00pm, plus there will be full coverage of the Friday and Saturday practice sessions.
Simon Lazenby will anchor Sky Sports F1’s live coverage throughout the weekend where he will be joined by regulars Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.
Ted Kravitz will provide the latest news and reports and from the pit lane alongside Rachel Brookes, who deputises for Natalie Pinkham during the remaining races, while commentary on all on-track sessions is led by David Croft.
Martin Brundle will join Croft in the commentary box for both qualifying and the race, with former Williams driver Bruno Senna calling the practice sessions this weekend at his home grand prix, as well as providing his insights via the Sky Pad during the weekend.
During the race, a host of interactive additions, including on-board cameras, pit-lane feeds, the latest race stats and much more available via the red button and the Sky Sports for iPad app.
For those who won’t be at home, every second of the action can be seen via computers, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices on Sky Go.
Friday 7th November Free Practice 1 – Start: 12:00 LIVE: 11.45am-1.50pm Sky Sports F1 Free Practice 2 – Start: 16:00 LIVE: 3.45pm-6.00pm Sky Sports F1 The F1 Show LIVE: 8.00pm-9.00pm Sky Sports F1 Saturday 8th November Practice 3 – Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.45pm-2.15pm Sky Sports F1 Qualifying – Start: 16:00 LIVE: 3.00pm-5.45pm Sky Sports F1 / Sky 1 Sunday 9th November BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – Race Start: 16:00 Track Parade: 2.30pm-3.00pm Sky Sports F1 RACE LIVE: 3.00pm-6.30pm Sky Sports F1 Paddock Live: 6.30pm-7.15pm Sky Sports F1 Highlights: 9.15pm-10.15pm Sky Sports F1
The BBC will broadcast primetime free-to-air TV highlights of the 2014 Brazilian States Grand Prix as the season nears an exciting climax with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ standings with two races to go.
Suzi Perry presents all the action from Interlagos, Sao Paulo, alongside regular analysts David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan, who will all provide their unique take on proceedings from the pit lane and paddock.
Due to the time difference, extended highlights of both qualifying and the race will air later than usual, with qualifying highlights being shown at 9.00pm on Saturday evening on BBC Two, while Sunday’s 90-minute race race highlights show will take over BBC One’s Sunday primetime evening slot, going out between 8.30pm and 10.00pm.
Commentary on qualifying and the race comes from Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, with Tom Clarkson providing regular updates and interviews from the pit-lane, while Lee McKenzie will be on hand to conduct interviews with the drivers and team personnel.
In addition, Inside F1 with Lee McKenzie on the BBC News Channel will preview and review the weekend’s action on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The BBC Sport website will have live streaming of BBC TV’s broadcasts, as well as additional video content including highlights of practice sessions, qualifying and the race, plus interviews and analysis.
All of the BBC’s TV coverage will be available to view shortly after transmission on BBC iPlayer, while BBC Radio 5 Live will also have live audio commentary of every on-track session from Austin with James Allen and Jennie Gow.
Saturday 8th November
Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying Highlights: 9.00pm-10.30pm BBC Two Sunday 9th November Brazilian Grand Prix: Race Highlights: 8.30pm-10.00pm BBC One