SAO PAULO – Dutchman Max Verstappen won pole position on Saturday for the Formula One Brazilian GP, penultimate stage of the season. The race will be played this Sunday, at 14h10, broadcast by Globo.
RBR's Verstappen began dominant training, leading Q1 with 1min08s242. Champion of the season, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes did just enough to be sixth.
In the first round of qualifying were eliminated Daniil Kvyat (STR), Lance Stroll (Racing Point), George Russell and Robert Kubica (Williams) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren). The Spaniard, by the way, had mechanical problems and failed to make any quick turns.
Hamilton started well in Q2, driving 1min08s088. But then Max Verstappen showed that he was no joke, beating the Briton with 1min07s503. Hamilton was even overtaken by Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.
Q2 eliminated Lando Norris (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point).
In Q3, Verstappen showed the lead again, scoring 1min07s623 on his first lap. He was followed by Vettel, Leclerc and Hamilton. The monegasque, by the way, trying to improve his time, put two wheels on the grass.
The Briton, on his last lap, with seconds left to finish training, still managed to beat Leclerc and started third. Valtteri Bottas (Merceces) was fifth, followed by Alexander Albon (RBR). Verstappen further improved his brand and obtained 1min07s508 to secure the lead.