Hamilton claims pole in Brazil

Qualifying started with cloud cover and the continuing threat that weather could play a factor in not only Saturday’s session but perhaps even Sunday’s race could find some moisture. The percentage chance of a wet qualifying? That was pegged at 70%.

The rain never materialized apart from a few drops here and there but the predominantly dry track allowed Lewis Hamilton to secure his 60th pole position which sets him up well to make a final push for the title.

Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, secured second while a self-described ho hum lap from Kimi Raikkonen completed the top three. Kimi was followed closely by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.


1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m10.736s
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m10.838s0.102s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m11.404s0.668s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m11.485s0.749s
5Sebastian VettelFerrari1m11.495s0.759s
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m11.540s0.804s
7Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m11.937s1.201s
8Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m12.104s1.368s
9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m12.165s1.429s
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m12.266s1.530s
11Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m12.420s
12Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m12.431s
13Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m12.521s
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m12.726s
15Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m12.920s
16Jolyon PalmerRenault1m13.258s
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m13.276s
18Kevin MagnussenRenault1m13.410s
19Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m13.427s
20Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m13.623s
21Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m13.681s
22Esteban OconManor/Mercedes1m13.432s
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Fred Talmadge

I think this is the best start for Grosjean this year. Hope they can keep it together for a good finish.


This season pole position has been massively faster than last, however that has largely been down to Pirelli bringing softer tyres to each circuit. Interlagos is one of only two tracks were that hasn’t been done, so we can see how much the cars have really developed over the last year. Rosberg’s pole time last year was 1’11.282s, so the Mercedes has improved by half a second per lap. Ferrari have only improved by 0.4 seconds, while Red Bull have managed 0.85 seconds. Both Williams and Sauber went slower this year than last year, while Manor were the big improvements,… Read more »


Great analysis Dave, those relative changes certainly reflect the relative performance of the teams this year. I guess tha Force India have also made a significant improvement on last years qualifying?
What’s the other track that doesn’t get supersofts?


Sochi was the other track where Pirelli borough a harder compound tyre than the two used in 2015 to make the third compound.
Hulkenberg was the fastest Force India last year with a time of 1’12.265 to get fifth on the grid. So they haven’t improved that much.