x

Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to Brazilian GP pole

World champion takes top spot in qualifying in Sao Paulo with a new lap record

It was thumbs up for Lewis Hamilton, right, as he took pole in Brazil ahead of Sebastian Vettel, left. Reuters
It was thumbs up for Lewis Hamilton, right, as he took pole in Brazil ahead of Sebastian Vettel, left. Reuters

Lewis Hamilton was fastest from Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix - but both drivers could face grid penalties for infringements during the session.

Hamilton's lap record of 1 minute, 07.281 seconds at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo saw him edge out Vettel.

But Hamilton, who has already wrapped up the drivers' championship, could be investigated by stewards after he blocked both Sergey Sirotkin and Kimi Raikkonen during the second part of the session.

____________

Read more

Brazil and Abu Dhabi give Lewis Hamilton chance to end the one anomaly of his F1 career

Brazilian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton deserves the plaudits but Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are back on the pace

Formula One 2018 lowdown: What is still to be decided in Brazil and Abu Dhabi?

Comment: Lewis Hamilton enjoys his best ever season and his dominance is set to continue

____________

Vettel will talk to stewards after an incident at the weighbridge as he returned to the pits in his Ferrari, again during the second part of the session.

Hamilton's Mercedes-GP teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Raikkonen's Ferrari.

The Red Bull Racing cars of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo complete the third row.

Mercedes can clinch their fifth successive constructors' championship in Sunday's race. If Ferrari do not out-score them by at least 13 points then the trophy goes to the German marque.

The 71-lap race starts at 9.10pm UAE time.