Brazilian F1 Grand Prix 2018: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2018

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO9 on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Charles Coates/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton will further celebrate becoming a five-time Formula One world champion on Sunday at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.

There will be a double celebration if Mercedes retain their constructors' title at Interlagos in the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari are 55 points behind the Silver Arrows, with only 86 points left to win this term.

Max Verstappen is the in-form driver after dominating in Mexico, and the Red Bull ace will be attempting to finish the campaign on a high with further victories.

Sebastian Vettel appears to have lost significant pace since the first half of the season, with the German only winning once in his last nine races.

Here's how you can watch the action unfold in South America:

                              

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Start Time: 6:10 p.m. GMT/1:10 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go, WatchESPN

For a full drivers list, visit the Formula One website.

                 

Preview

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari stops for new tyres during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 9, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty I
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Vettel will be trying to repeat his race victory in Brazil from last season, but it's a bitter end to this campaign after Ferrari believed they could usurp Mercedes.

Hamilton's control has reached new levels, and Vettel has been forced into mistakes while chasing the British superstar's shadow.

Kimi Raikkonen competes in his penultimate race for the Scuderia, with Charles Leclerc joining the Italian team for next season as the Finn exits for Sauber in a driver swap.

Raikkonen has remained competitive despite his impending departure, and his victory in the United States proved his ability remains at the top of the sport.

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All eyes will be on the Silver Arrows as they attempt to complete their fifth-straight constructors' title success, and Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be expected to bring home the points.

Bottas has remained the No. 2 driver at Mercedes, with Hamilton given priority in the title race, and the 29-year-old followed race orders in Russia to allow his team-mate to pass him for victory.

Hamilton commented he will not return the favour and allow Bottas glory if the opportunity arises in Brazil.

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is seen during the first free practice session of the Brazil Grand Prix, at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 9, 2018. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NELSON
NELSON ALMEIDA/Getty Images

Per Valentin Khorounzhiy and Adam Cooper of Motorsport.com, Hamilton said:

"The team are not going to make that call. If I'm in the position—it's not something I've asked Valtteri, if he'd want that, but I don't think he's going to want that. He's going to want to win in his own way.

"So I don't know if I'd be doing him many favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that anyways, I think he can do it himself.

"All I can do is try to make sure I'm supportive throughout the process, throughout the weekend. I'm always really open with my set-up, so I'll continue to be so."

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Daniel Ricciardo sees out his contract with Red Bull over the remaining events, and the Australian has had a disappointing last season with the constructor.

The Perth-born star has suffered eight retirements during the campaign, with Verstappen proving he's the future of the sport in the team's other vehicle.

Ricciardo is set to move to Renault, and he explained his decision on Twitter, saying he wants to find a new challenge:

It's been an exciting season once again, but Hamilton has increased the gap between himself and the elite drivers in the sport.

The last two races of the campaign could peter out as teams wind down their efforts, but Ferrari and Red Bull will already have one eye on next year, with the constructors once again doing their best to produce the fastest car as they battle Mercedes for overall supremacy.

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