The crowned champ slid into the tire barrier and out of Q1 after the rear snapped out in Turn 7 before he was able to complete a fast lap. Lewis Hamilton assured his team he was ok as he climbed out of the mangled Mercedes in roughly the spot newly crowned champion Michael Schumacher did the same in 2004. Valtteri Bottas keeps Mercedes represented on the front row, taking pole over Sebastian Vettel by .038s. Kimi Raikkonen brought in 3rd for Ferrari, leading the Red Bulls rounding out the top 5. Max Verstappen edged his mate Daniel Ricciardo by a tenth, who also faces a ten place grid penalty for engine troubles in Mexico. Force India’s Sergio Perez finished Q3 in 6th, Fernando Alonso in 7th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s and Carlos Sainz’ Renaults in 8th and 9th. Hometown hero Filipe Massa finished out the top ten in his last qualifying at Interlagos (we think).
With grid penalties enforced the starting grid looks like this:
F1 Grande Premio Heineken do Brasil starts at 11EST/10CST on Sun Nov 12 in the USA on NBCSN.