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Bottas takes Brazil pole as Hamilton crashes out – Qualifying Report

Finn edges Vettel and Raikkonen at Interlagos

Brazilian Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas secured his third pole position of the season ahead of Sebastian Vettel as team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed in Q1.

The Finn – competing against Ferrari’s Vettel for second place in the drivers’ championship – narrowly secured pole position with his second Q3 run by 0.038 of a second.

Vettel managed lead the opening Q3 exchanges but had to settle for second place ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton made an uncharacteristic error at the start of the qualifying hour. The Briton lost the rear-end of his car whilst going through turn seven on his first timed lap.

His car was sent into the tyre barrier side-on and the 2017 world champion was eliminated from qualifying.

The Red Bull Racing duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fourth and fifth fastest respectively, with the latter being handed a ten-place grid drop for power unit component changes.

Force India’s Sergio Perez beat McLaren’s Fernando Alonso to sixth place, whilst Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz (both Renault) finished in the top nine, ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa, who qualified for his final Brazilian Grand Prix in tenth place.

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