Hamilton on pole for Sprint race in Brazil

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2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Friday - LAT Images

The bad news is that Lewis Hamilton has to take a 5-place grid penalty for an engine change in Brazil this weekend but the good news is the new Mercedes engine works a treat! Lewis was nearly .5s ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in qualifying on Friday and at the Interlagos circuit, that can be an eternity.

Lewis will now start on pole for the final Sprint race of the season on Saturday but will then serve his grid penalty on Sunday so if he wins on Saturday, he’ll be starting 5 places lower on Sunday.

That may sound bad, and it’s not great, but it beats a DNF and with that much power—nearly .5s—one might consider that he can easily march back through the field to take the fight to Max.

Qualifying Results:

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m08.733s1m08.068s1m07.934s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m09.329s1m08.499s1m08.372s
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1m09.04s1m08.426s1m08.469s
4Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m09.172s1m08.973s1m08.483s
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1m09.347s1m08.903s1m08.777s
6Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m09.046s1m09.031s1m08.826s
7Charles LeclercFerrari1m09.155s1m08.859s1m08.96s
8Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m09.365s1m09.03s1m08.98s
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m09.374s1m09.093s1m09.039s
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m09.391s1m09.137s1m09.113s
11Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m09.43s1m09.189s
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m09.451s1m09.399s
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1m09.35s1m09.483s
14Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m09.598s1m09.503s
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m09.342s1m10.227s
16Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m09.663s
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m09.897s
18George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m09.953s
19Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m10.329s
20Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1m10.589s
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