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Palmer: If you don't get a chaotic race, Max will just win

Jolyon Palmer believes that the Interlagos Circuit will need to create one of its 'messy' races in order to stop another Red Bull F1 victory.

Jolyon Palmer is hoping for a 'messy' race in order to create a surprise result at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen is looking to challenge for a record-extended 15th Grand Prix victory of the season at the Brazilian GP. With Red Bull, Ferrari and, eventually, Mercedes being the dominant frontrunners for most of the season, few other teams have had the opportunity to challenge for the podium positions. The Brazilian GP is one that has generated some entertaining races in previous seasons, something which ex-F1 driver Palmer is hoping to see. "A few incidents, a few Safety Cars, something that you're not expecting," Palmer responded to the F1 Nation podcast when asked about his hopes for the race. "The only surprise podium we've had this year is [Lando] Norris in Imola. Last year we had [Esteban] Ocon winning, [Fernando] Alonso hit the podium, you had [Sebastian] Vettel and [Pierre] Gasly on the podium, [Daniel] Ricciardo won a race. Blimey, it was all happening last year. "This year, you've [only] had Lando Norris creep onto a third place in Imola, which was another Sprint weekend."

Interlagos Circuit has the attributes to favour Red Bull

The weekend is provisionally forecasted to have a reasonably high chance of rain, which increases the scope for a mixed-up race. Palmer continued to say that, without additional factors, the Interlagos Circuit had the characteristics to facilitate another Red Bull victory. "I think you need a bit of a scrappy one because otherwise you're looking at, probably, a Max win because the Red Bull car and certainly with the long straight will be very quick," added Palmer. "Hopefully we get a great race, it's a good racetrack, with overtaking possibilities."

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