Formula 1

F1: Verstappen grabs pole in Brazil

Credit: Red Bull

Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, just 0.123s ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen topped the time-sheet in Q2 and repeated the feat when it counted in the final session, going 0.008s faster than Vettel after the first run of Q3.

The Red Bull driver then managed to improve on his final flying lap to take pole position, while Lewis Hamilton was behind Vettel in third with the trio separated by less than two tenths.

Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest, but he takes a 10 place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race after replacing his engine, while Valtteri Bottas was fifth.

Alex Albon was 0.427s slower than his team-mate in sixth, while Pierre Gasly put in an impressive performance to go seventh ahead of the Haas of Romain Grosjean.

Kimi Raikkonen made his first Q3 appearance since the Italian Grand Prix back in September and ended the session in ninth place ahead of Kevin Magnussen.

The end of Q2 was anti-climatic, with nobody able to improve their times on their final flying laps due to the track temperature dropping by 3 degrees at the end of the session.

That meant Lando Norris ended up 11th, ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, while Antonio Giovinazzi will start the race from 13th after spinning at the end of Q2, bringing out double waved yellow flags.

Nico Hulkenberg could only manage 14th while Sergio Perez was the fastest Racing Point in 15th.

Daniil Kvyat ended up missing the cut for Q2 and will start 16th, ahead of Stroll Russell and Kubica.

Carlos Sainz had engine problems on his out-lap and immediately returned to the pits, but the McLaren driver was unable to set a time, meaning he will start tomorrow’s race from 20th.

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