Sao Paulo Grand Prix – In the final Sprint qualifying session of the season, there was no shortage of controversy as the man who was fastest in qualifying on Friday will now start at the back.
However, there was drama even before the Sprint as the man who was fastest on Friday will now start at the back of the pack, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was found to be in breach of technical regulations with his Drag Reduction System (DRS) and was disqualified from qualifying.
This promotes title rival Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into the top spot, with his teammate Sergio Perez close behind in third. The Red Bull’s will look to make a charge on the lonely Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas who will start in second place.
The woe continues for Hamilton who was also slapped with a five-place grid penalty for an engine change at the beginning of the weekend. The Briton will serve this at the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday.
Here is how the drivers line up for the final Sprint qualifying of the season:
- Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
- Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
- Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing
- Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
- Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari
- Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari
- Lando Norris McLaren
- Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
- Fernando Alonso Alpine
- Esteban Ocon Alpine
- Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
- Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
- Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
- Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
- Lance Stroll Aston Martin
- Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing
- George Russell Williams Racing
- Mick Schumacher Haas
- Nikita Mazepin Haas
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes