Hamilton beats Rosberg to Brazilian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton has clinched his second Brazilian Grand Prix pole and 11th pole position of the season by outpacing Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg in another Silver Arrows one-two lockout of the front row and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start third at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07-Hybrid, 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo. Brazil. Image credit to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07-Hybrid, 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo. Brazil. Image credit to Sutton Images.

 

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pole position for tomorrow’s 71 lap Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil and comfortably clear of nearest rivals Ferrari and Red Bull.

 

Hamilton posted a blistering 1:10.736 in his second timed run and was 0.102 seconds clear of Rosberg.

 

In the first time runs, Rosberg held the advantage by just three thousandths of a second in the first sector to his reigning champion team-mate but the German could not match Hamilton’s middle and final sectors as he finished two tenths down.

 

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen qualified in third on the grid, his best qualifying in Brazil since 2008 and was 0.668 seconds adrift of Hamilton’s mega time and will lineup alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

 

The other Ferrari and Red Bull followed as Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo will start on the third row of the grid.

 

Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean despited all his troubles over the weekend put in an impressive lap time to qualify seventh and alongside Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who starts in eighth.

 

Sergio Perez will lineup on the fifth row of the grid in his Force India alongside McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso who completes the top 10 qualifiers.

 

Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas just missed out on Q3 and will start on the sixth row of the grid in 11th place alongside Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez.

 

Hometown hero Felipe Massa qualified in 13th on the grid in his Mercedes-powered Williams and will be alongside Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

 

Carlos Sainz will start in 15th on the grid for Toro Rosso alongside Renault’s Jolyon Palmer who was the slowest of the runners in Q2 and will occupy 16th on th grid after making errors and suffering massive lock-ups on his flying lap.

 

The other McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button was the biggest eliminated driver in Q1 as he continued to struggle with a lack of grip in his MP4-31 racer and will start a low 17th alongside Renault’s Kevin Magnussen who qualified in 18th on the grid.

 

The Manor Racing Team duo Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon qualified in 20th and 21st respectively.

 

The Sauber pairing of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will start at the back of the pack.

 

The incident between Palmer and Ocon is currently under investigation from the stewards.

 

The Full Formula 1 Grande Premio Do Brasil 2016 Qualifying Results Classification provided at the link: http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/956/brazil/qualifying.html.

 

Written by Michael Terminello

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