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Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying, Mercedes breaks F1 pole record

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Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying, Mercedes breaks F1 pole record
Nov 12, 2016, 5:17 PM

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate and Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate and Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg.

It was his 60th career pole position and his second in Brazil.

Hamilton, who has never won at the Interlagos circuit in his F1 career, was fastest in all three parts of qualifying and held the top spot after the first efforts in Q3, with Rosberg just over 0.16s behind.

On the final runs, which took place in overcast conditions with a few spots of drizzle in the air as opposed to the heavy rain many people were expecting, Hamilton improved his best time to a 1m10.736s.

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg was the quicker of the two Mercedes drivers in the first sector on his own final run, but lost a fraction at Turn 12. Although he beat his teammate’s first Q3 lap time, he could not stop the Briton from taking his 11th pole of the season.

Paddy Lowe told this website that in terms of the fluctuation of who was up and down as the laps unfolded and the gaps in question, it is probably the hardest they have pushed each other all season.

Hamilton’s top spot also means Mercedes has broken the single-season record with 19 F1 poles, which it had previously jointly held with Red Bull on 18.

Speaking after the session, Hamilton said: “I felt quite comfortable in qualifying, as I have done all through the weekend. Nico has been getting quicker and quicker, but I have generally had it covered throughout the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton

“It’s just remarkable what this team has done and what we’ve done with this team. To have that many pole positions is a true showing of incredible teamwork from everyone.

“This is the best I could have hoped for coming to Brazil, [as] this is only my second pole here. It’s always a track that I struggle at so I’m really happy to be up on the front.”

Behind the title protagonists, Kimi Raikkonen produced a scintillating final lap to take third for Ferrari, with Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel behind him in fourth and fifth.

Kimi Raikkonen

Daniel Ricciardo will start sixth in the second Red Bull, ahead of Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean, who made it through to Q3 after being knocked out in Q1 at the last two races, and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Sergio Perez qualified ninth, with Fernando Alonso rounding out the top ten for McLaren.

In Q2, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was eliminated by Grosjean’s improvement in the dying moments of the second part of the session and the Finn will line up 11th on the grid ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas car.

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa will start his final home race in 13th on the grid, his worst ever grid position at Interlagos. Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz qualified 14th and 15th for Toro Rosso.

Jolyon Palmer got through to Q2 for the third time in the last four races, but the Briton ended up in 16th place after a messy final lap, and he also faces a post-qualifying stewards investigation for an incident with Esteban Ocon at Turn 4 in Q1.

In Q1, Jenson Button could only qualify 17th in the second McLaren after he struggled with the handling of his car and then locked up at Turn 1 on his final lap. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who will switch to Haas for 2017, improved with his final lap in the opening segment of the session but still ended up down in 18th on the grid.

Pascal Werhlein

Pascal Werhlein and Ocon will line-up 19th and 20th for Manor, with Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr bringing up the rear of the field for Sauber.

Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying results:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m10.736s

2 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1m10.838s +0.102s

3 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m11.404s +0.668s

4 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m11.485s +0.749s

5 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m11.495s +0.759s

6 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m11.540s +0.804s

7 Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 1m11.937s +1.201s

8 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m12.104s +1.368s

9 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m12.165s +1.429s

10 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m12.266s +1.530s

Q2

11 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m12.420s

12 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1 1m12.431s

13 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m12.521s

14 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m12.726s

15 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m12.920s

16 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m13.258s

Q1

17 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m13.276s

18 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m13.410s

19 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m13.427s

20 Esteban Ocon, Manor 1m13.432s

21 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m13.623s

22 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m13.681s

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