Following an overcast qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton will start on pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s team mate, Nico Rosberg will start in second place, being one tenth of a second slower than the pole time. Kimi Raikkonen qualified in third for Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton takes Pole Position for the Brazilian Grand Prix
In what was an overcast first qualifying session, it was Lewis Hamilton who was the fastest car on track, followed by his team mate, Nico Rosberg. Max Verstappen was third fastest. Q1 marked the exit of six drivers from qualifying. After having limited running in practice, Jenson Button of McLaren was eliminated from qualifying, failing to make it inside the top 16 in his final run, meaning that the 2009 Champion will start in sixenteenth place. Also relegated from qualifying was the Renault of Kevin Magnussen, meaning that he has been out qualified by his team mate, Jolyon Palmer, for the eighth time this season. Pascal Wehrlein out qualified his team mate, Esteban Ocon, meaning that the Manor cars will fill the second last row of the grid, with Wehrlein in nineteenth and Ocon in twentieth. Felipe Nasr qualified in twenty-first place for Sauber, while his team mate, Marcus Ericsson, qualified in last place.
In qualifying 2, Lewis Hamilton was once again fastest followed by Nico Rosberg. Q2 marked the exit of another six drivers, narrowing down the grid to the ten fastest drivers. Qualifying in eleventh place was the Williams car of Valtteri Bottas, being pushed out of the top 10 by the Haas F1 car of Romain Grosjean. Esteban Gutierrez qualified in twelfth place, while Felipe Massa qualified for thirteenth, for what is his penultimate Grand Prix weekend as a Formula 1 driver. Daniil Kvyat qualified in fourteenth place for Toro Rosso, out qualifying his team mate, Carlos Sainz Jr, who qualified in fifteenth place. Jolyon Palmer qualified in sixteenth place.
Lewis Hamilton was once again fastest in Qualifying 3, meaning that he will start from pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s team mate, Nico Rosberg was second fastest, being faster than Hamilton in the first and second sector. Despite this, Rosberg was slower in the third and final sector, leaving him one tenth of a second from pole position. Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest for Ferrari, once again out qualifying his team mate, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel was fifth fastest. Max Verstappen qualified in fourth place for Red Bull Racing, while his team mate, Daniel Ricciardo, qualified in sixth place. Qualifying in seventh place was Romain Grosjean for Haas F1, out qualifying both of the Force India cars of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez who were eighth and ninth fastest. Fernando Alonso qualified in tenth place.
Qualifying Results from the Brazilian GP:
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:10.736
- Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:10.838
- Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:11.404
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1:11.485
- Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:11.495
- Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing, 1:11.540
- Romain Grosjean, Haas F1, 1:11,937
- Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:12.104
- Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:12.165
- Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:12.266
- Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:12.420 (Q2)
- Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1, 1:12.431 (Q2)
- Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:12.521 (Q2)
- Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:12.726 (Q2)
- Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:12.920 (Q2)
- Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:13.258 (Q2)
- Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:13.276 (Q1)
- Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:13.410 (Q1)
- Pascal Wehlein, Manor, 1:13.427 (Q1)
- Esteban Ocon, Manor, 1:13.432 (Q1)
- Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:13.623 (Q1)
- Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:13.681 (Q1)