Hamilton on pole for Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton (AP)
Lewis Hamilton (AP)

Sao Paulo - Record-breaking Lewis Hamilton claimed his 10th pole of the season and Mercedes' 100th in Formula One on Saturday when he dominated a rain-threatened qualifying session for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix. 

The new five-time world champion clocked a track record best lap in one minute and 7.281 seconds on his second run in the final session to boost his hopes of a rare Interlagos victory and Mercedes bid for a fifth straight teams' title. 

That lifted him clear of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by almost one-tenth of a second with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who took pole last year, third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. 

The leading four drivers were scrapping for any advantage for their teams as Ferrari bid to out-score Mercedes by 13 points to keep alive their bid to stop them retaining the constructors' championship. 

It was a record-increasing 82nd pole for Hamilton, who has won only once in Brazil, in 2016, and the first time he has taken a pole position in any races after he has won the championship. 

Max Verstappen was fifth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, Marcus Ericsson and his Sauber team-mate Charles Lerclerc, Romain Grosjean of Haas and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso. 

Vettel was called to the stewards after the session following an incident when he was called to the weighbridge, refused to turn off his engine and destroyed the scales when he drove off them. 

"I think it's better if I don't say anything," said Vettel afterwards. "They shouldn't call us like that. When the conditions are like that, it's not fair. I wanted them to hurry up." 

Hamilton was delighted with pole. 

"That was a tough session," he said. "The weather was going up and down.Ferrari are very quick this weekend, but we did a lot of work to make sure we are ready. 

"It's great to be here in Brazil - I have Ayrton Senna's design on my helmet."

Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying times at Interlagos on Saturday:


1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:07.281

2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:07.374

3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:07.441

4. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:07.456

5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Renault) 1:07.778

6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault) 1:07.780

7. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.296

8. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.492

9. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:08.517

10. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) 1:09.029


1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:07.727 (Q)

2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:07.776 (Q)

3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:07.795 (Q)

4. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Renault) 1:08.017 (Q)

5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:08.028 (Q)

6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault) 1:08.055 (Q)

7. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:08.239 (Q)

8. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.335 (Q)

9. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.579 (Q)

10. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) 1:08.616 (Q)

11. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:08.659

12. Sergio Prez (MEX/Racing Point Force India) 1:08.741

13. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Racing Point Force India) 1:08.770

14. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1:08.834

15. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams-Mercedes) 1:10.381


1. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Renault) 1:08.205 (Q)

2. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:08.452 (Q)

3. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:08.452 (Q)

4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:08.464 (Q)

5. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:08.474 (Q)

6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:08.492 (Q)

7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault) 1:08.544 (Q)

8. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.667 (Q)

9. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:08.735 (Q)

10. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber-Ferrari) 1:08.754 (Q)

11. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1:09.009 (Q)

12. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) 1:09.046 (Q)

13. Sergio Prez (MEX/Racing Point Force India) 1:09.217 (Q)

14. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams-Mercedes) 1:09.259 (Q)

15. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Racing Point Force India) 1:09.264 (Q)


16. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Renault) 1:09.269

17. Brendon Hartley (NZL/Toro Rosso-Honda) 1:09.280

18. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren-Renault) 1:09.402

19. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:09.441

20. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren-Renault) 1:09.601

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