Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the pole position at the end of qualifying at Interlagos.
Qualification in Sao Paulo began with a surprise: Lewis Hamilton crashed into a barrier on his first lap, damaging the left front suspension. Apparently, Lewis was a victim of the treacherous weather conditions, underestimating the decrease in the level of grip.
🚩 RED FLAG 🚩
Drama already as Hamilton spins off in to the barriers and is OUT! 💥# 🇧 🇷 BrazilGP #F1 #Quali pic.twitter.com/2WnbUMGXg5
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 11, 2017
Fortunately, the British were not injured in the accident, but the evacuation W08 it took about ten minutes.
Apart from Hamilton, in Q2 also failed to reach, taking place from 16 th to 19 th, Pascal Wehrlein, Pierre went Out, lance Stroll and Marcus Ericsson.
The first quick circle in the second part of qualifying, Valtteri Bottas overcame the barrier 1 minute and 9 seconds, setting a benchmark at the level of 1.08,901.
But in a quick second attempt, the excellent result was subjected to Sebastian Vettel, he set a time of 1.08,494, relegating the Finn from the top of the table.
If to speak about the losers of the second segment, in positions 11 through 15 between distributed Esteban Windows, Romain Grosjean, Stoffel Vandorn, Kevin Magnussen and Brendon Hartley.
The first attempt Bottas in the final segment was great, but Vettel drove a phenomenal lap at 1.08,360, ahead of Valtteri for 0,082 seconds.
However, in a quick second attempt, the Finn took Vettel revenge: the result 1.08,322 was on of 0.038 seconds faster than German, which was unable to accelerate on the final lap.
Third went to Kimi Raikkonen, ahead of the riders Red Bull Racing’s max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo.
The second half of the top ten was Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and local favorite Felipe Massa.
|4.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.08,925||+0,603|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1.09,330||+1,008|
|6.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.09,598||+1,276|
|The threshold for the first segment: 1.09,768||Lag*|
|11.||Esteban Windows||Force India||1.09,830||+1,336|
|15.||Brendon Hartley||Torro Rosso|
|The threshold for the second segment: 1.10,625||Lag**|
|17.||Pierre Went Out||Toro Rosso||1.10,686||+1,281|
|107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.14,263|
|* – the gap from the best time of the first segment|
|** – the gap from the best time of the second segment|
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