The weekend in Austin was a tough one for me. Qualifying was obviously fantastic but I was disappointed to let the lead slip away in the race and to lose more points in the fight for the Drivers’ Championship. In the end, Lewis just did a better job on the day and now it’s up to me to make the most of these last two races and capitalise on any opportunity. It will be tough, but I’m going to give it absolutely everything I’ve got right up to the flag in Abu Dhabi. That first opportunity comes this weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix – one of the classic races on the calendar. There is so much history there and, of course, there have been many great Brazilian drivers in Formula One. I’ve got a mixed record at this circuit but it’s one I really enjoy as it’s usually a really action-packed race. It would be great to give my title challenge a final boost with a good result before we head to the showdown in Abu Dhabi.
Interlagos - In the Cockpit with Nico
The unique thing about Interlagos is the altitude, which loses you a lot of engine power and also downforce compared to most other circuits as the air is so much thinner. This affects many things in terms of both the car and your procedures – for example the start performance, which always drops away at this track.
It’s an anti-clockwise track, which is quite unusual on the current calendar and puts a lot of strain on the left side of your neck, as this is not usually the side which gets the most strain. This is particularly noticeable down the start / finish straight, which is not really a straight but a continuous curve from the exit of Turn 12 all the way through Turns 13, 14 and 15.
This track is also one of the best for overtaking – particularly on that run along the straight and down into Turn One, which is a really tricky off-camber corner. You have to get this absolutely right to make the move stick, as it’s so easy to lock an inside wheel and lose your momentum through the next sequence of corners.
The weather always makes for an interesting weekend in Brazil. Coupled with the overtaking opportunities, it has often produced really exciting races for the fans sitting at home which is great.