Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

Tricia Pearson
November 12, 2017

The grip was there so I lost some time compared to the first run and then I managed to stay there.

Members of Lewis Hamilton's world-championship winning Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Interlagos circuit on Friday night.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas took pole position.

Vettel had to settle for second spot ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the German was left to reflect on a missed opportunity.

His 20-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, victor of two of the last four races, was fourth and fifth on the respective timesheets. "F1 and the teams need to do more, there's no excuse!"

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was fifth but incurred a 10-place grid penalty and will start from 15th.

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who had an early spin, was sixth and fourth respectively.

Entering Turn 6, the four-time world champion lost the rear of his Mercedes mid-way through the corner before sliding helplessly into the barriers, causing terminal damage to the left-hand side of the auto.

"It's very unusual from me but it shows we are all human and things happen".

Hamilton, who won his fourth Formula One championship two week ago in Mexico, walked away from the vehicle without appearing injured and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday.

Brendon Hartley made his F1 debut in Texas and is now set to also compete in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. "It was a nice lap and I was so close with Sebastian through qualifying so it was great to get a good lap in".

British driver George Russell, the 19-year-old GP3 champion, made his grand prix weekend debut with Force India and was an impressive 12th fastest at an unfamiliar circuit and in a auto he had not driven before.

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