Bottas takes pole for the Brazilian GP as Hamilton crashes out

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, after Lewis Hamilton crashed out just moments into the first part of qualifying.

Hamilton was starting his first lap of the session when on the entry into Turn 6 his Mercedes bottomed out and sent the rear end around, before crashing into the barrier. The four-time world champion emerged from the car which had some significant front end damage, which forced him to sit out the session and will mean he will start from the back of the grid.

Team mate Bottas meanwhile was on his way to a fourth pole position, going second quickest from Sebastian Vettel in the initial runs by 0.082s but when the second runs came Bottas was able to improve and snatch pole by 0.038s. Vettel looked to have just braked earlier on his second run into the first corner which compromised his sector time relative to Bottas, ultimately leading to the tight deficit.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest two tenths off with Max Verstappen fourth and Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top five. Of course Ricciardo takes his grid penalty for changing Power Unit components, which means Sergio Perez is promoted to fifth on the grid with Fernando Alonso up to sixth for his best qualifying position of the year.

The McLaren driver has been on the pace throughout the weekend, and just missed out on finishing ahead of the Force India by fourth hundredths of a second. Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz take a crucial seventh and eighth place on the grid, although Sainz might yet be the subject of a penalty after an on-track spat with homeboy Felipe Massa who claims he was held up intentionally by the Renault on his final quick lap which means he starts from ninth on the grid.

Esteban Ocon just creeps into the top ten despite dropping out in Q2 and starts ahead of Romain Grosjean, the Haas having a significantly better qualifying session this weekend compared to previous.

Further down Pascal Wehrlein gets promoted to 15th fastest as Brendon Harley takes a grid penalty along with Pierre Gasly for changing Power Unit elements. The pair are joined at the back of the grid with Marcus Ericsson and Lance Stroll.

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