During the Second World War in 1940, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, more commonly known as Interlagos, became Brazil's first permanent autodrome in the São Paulo neighborhood. The circuit is inspired by the Roosevelt Raceway in the United States, acquiring international fame when it was redeveloped in the early 70s, becoming the host circuit for the Brazilian Grand Prix from 1972 to 1980.
The Interlagos circuit is situated within a suburb of São Paulo. After being shortened from 7.87385 km to 4.325 km, Interlagos once again started hosting the Grand Prix in 1990. This was during an exciting time when the great Brazilian driver, Ayrton Senna was a consecutive world champion and national hero. Still continuing to host the F1 today, Interlagos now looks set to be the only Grand Prix held in South America.
The track is 16km south of Sao Paulo's city centre and provides the drivers and engineers with many challenges, not least because the track runs in an anti-clockwise direction but is also at high altitude. Many drivers consider Interlagos unique as it was not built on flat terrain, but trails along the ups and downs of hilly ground, which can make for a much more demanding drive, pushing the car's engines for more power. Not only is the circuit very bumpy in parts, the many corners are a great test of transmissions and make this circuit very tiring for drivers.