Lewis Hamilton to start Brazilian GP from pit lane

Lewis Hamilton to start Brazilian GP from pit lane

Lewis Hamilton to start Brazilian GP from pit lane

Hamilton's crash and Bottas's pole completed a roller-coaster Saturday for the world champion Mercedes team after it was revealed some of their staff had been robbed at gunpoint late Friday as they left the Interlagos circuit.

Bottas heads into the final two races sitting third in the Drivers' Championship and could still climb up to second ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Two weeks on from clinching his fourth F1 title in Mexico, Hamilton showed few signs of letting up at the front of the pack by laying down a blistering pace through FP1, heading up a one-two finish for Mercedes as teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in second place. The laps were getting better and better, but it was all the time very close, so I'm pleased that in the end I could get it all together in Q3, get a good lap and put it on pole. I was already too slow by that point.

"Working with the engineers and myself, the last three races I think it has been every time a step up. For tomorrow let's see what happens".

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"I feel good", said Bottas.

The Finn topped the timesheets with a lap of one minute, 9.281 seconds, while Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was just 0.003 seconds behind. It was so close between Sebastian all throughout qualifying and sometimes with Kimi as well. "Of course it is a shame Lewis wasn't there in Q2 and Q3 to fight for the pole, but yeah, I'm happy that after we proceeded out of Q1 with just the one vehicle I could still deliver and we could still get the pole".

"Obviously, Lewis was out in the beginning which was a shame for us but I'm happy that I could stand up for us. We have a good auto and it's going to be a close race still with Ferrari but I'd rather start from pole than, for example, P3 so I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

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