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.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.736s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m10.838s 0.102s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.404s 0.668s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m11.485s 0.749s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.495s 0.759s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.540s 0.804s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m11.937s 1.201s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m12.104s 1.368s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.165s 1.429s
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m12.266s 1.530s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m12.420s
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m12.431s
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m12.521s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m12.726s
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m12.920s
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m13.258s
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.276s
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m13.410s
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m13.427s
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.623s
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.681s
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m13.432s

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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.