Brazilian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen went fastest in all three parts of qualifying to take pole position at Interlagos.
Max Verstappen has taken pole position at Interlagos, after going quickest in each part of qualifying. The Dutch driver did a 1:07.508 on his second run in Q3 to keep pole position out of reach of the rest. Verstappen had done a 1:07.623 on his first run, which also would have been enough to take top spot. A small error in the middle sector meant he was just 0.008 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after the first run, but his subsequent improvement meant he finished just over a tenth ahead of Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton will start from P3 as he usurped the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc on his second Q3 run. Leclerc qualified P4 but will start from P14 and on the Medium tyre as he was the only frontrunner to get through Q2 on the harder compound. He also has a ten place grid penalty as a result of being fitted out with a new engine for this weekend.
Valtteri Bottas finished a subdued P5 and 0.366 away from pole position, with Alex Albon in P6 for Red Bull Racing.
Leading the battle of the midfield is Pierre Gasly for Toro Rosso, who finished just 0.017 seconds clear of Haas’ Romain Grosjean. It was a good session for Haas, as Kevin Magnussen also made it into Q3 and into P10 – the two Haas drivers were split by the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen.
There were no particular surprised in Q1 and Q2 in terms of eliminations, although Carlos Sainz was a high profile absentee as he encountered a power unit issue at the start of Q1 that meant he had to return to the pits for checks. He wasn’t able to get back out in time to put in a time and, as a result, finished down in P20.