The circuit is situated in the Interlagos district of Sao Paulo. The Autodromdo Jose Carlos Pace is on the opposite side of the city to the International Airport, Guarulhos, around 40km (25 miles) away.
Interlagos was the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix in the 70's - then an awesome test with fast banked left-hander and a length of 6.92km (4.3 miles). But after losing the event for a decade to Rio the circuit was reshaped.
Now it has been modernised and shortened to 4.309 km, although is still a demanding test for both car and driver as it runs anti-clockwise.
Updates of the facilities for teams, media and medics have ensured its place on the calendar.
From the 2009 season onwards, though, that place was moved back a slot as Brazil became the penultimate race of the season and not the finale as it has been in previous years.