Mercedes has now won every pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2014. They made sure there was no doubt on Saturday too. Both teammates will start 1-2 as Lewis Hamilton earned his 10th pole of the 2018 Formula One season in shattering the track record as a result.
Hamilton, turned a lap of 1:07.301-seconds in his No. 44 Mercedes for the top starting spot. He was third, second and second respectively in practice this weekend. While he has struggled in each of his last two starts on the season and was only fourth in this race last year, he did win in 2016.
Sebastien Vettel will join Hamilton on the front row providing he avoids any post qualifying penalties. Vettel, was frustrated to have to come to the FIA weigh station in Q2 when he hit pit lane to change tires. According to reports, Vettel refused to turn off his engine then drove over the scales under power. By doing that, it didn’t get the stewards a trust worthy weight and he destroyed the scales as a result.
So far, he will start second but not word yet on if he will face a grid penalty.
Valtteri Bottas qualified third with a lap of 1:07.441-seconds and will be joined by Vettel’s Ferrari teammate of Kimi Raikkonen (1:07.456-seconds).
The Red Bulls were fifth and sixth quickest with Max Verstappen (1:07.778-seconds) fifth and Daniel Ricciardo (1:07.780-seconds) sixth. Ricciardo, faces a grid penalty and instead of rolling off sixth, will start 11th.
Brazilian Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel
Row 2: Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 3: Max Verstappen, Marcus Ericsson
Row 4: Charles Leclerc R, Romain Grosjean
Row 5: Pierre Gasly R, Kevin Magnussen
Row 6: Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez
Row 7: Nico Hulkenberg, Sergey Sirotkin R
Row 8: Carlos Sainz Jr., Brendon Hartley R
Row 9: Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon
Row 10: Lance Stroll, Stoffel Vandroone