Story of qualifying - Sebastian Vettel loses his cool in Brazil

Heather Diaz
November 11, 2018

Hamilton, who clinched his fifth title in Mexico last month with two races to spare and now has five stars on his helmet, was a mere 0.003 slower in a session briefly halted after Renault's Nico Hulkenberg crashed heavily at the tight Juncao left-hander, one of the key bends on the track.

While Vettel's incident was the main talking point from Q2, Lewis Hamilton was also involved in a noteworthy incident.

"I was making sure I had the gap to the driver in front, but then all of a sudden I saw a vehicle coming out of Turn 11 at high speed so I was like 'oh my God is that someone on a flying lap?' I think 18 was probably the best back in the day", he added.

Hamilton secured his latest drivers' title with a fourth-placed finish in Mexico last time out, the 19th stop of the 2018 campaign. "They shouldn't call us like that".

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants but I don't think he's going to want that".

Ferrari started the session looking to have an edge over Mercedes, but Hamilton prevailed in a hard session that was affected by light rain at various points during the hour, even if the track was dry at the key moments.

Hamilton moved left to try to get out of the way but Sirotkin was already going that way and had to take avoiding action. No investigation into the incident had been launched at the time of writing.

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"It is about how we're managing the tyres, we know we've made mistakes and we hope not to repeat them". So it's up to us to find a fix for it and make sure it doesn't happen again, but it's not so simple to find and fix it as it sounds.

Behind the big three, Swede Marcus Ericsson took a career-best seventh place - which will become sixth on the grid with Ricciardo's penalty for using too many engine parts - two races before what is likely the end of his F1 career.

Pierre Gasly, who will succeed Ricciardo at Red Bull, was ninth for Toro Rosso and Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque prodigy who will join Ferrari next year, was 10th for Sauber.

The German knocked over a cone in front of the scales and then could be seen clapping his hands for the officials to speed up the process during his weighing, as he wanted to quickly make it to the Ferrari garage to change to soft tyres in the changing conditions.

"Obviously with the weather going up and down, and the Ferraris being quick this weekend, I'm going with my engineer to get the auto in the best shape".

"I didn't know whether or not I had the pole". The scales are used to weigh cars mid-session and the FIA has the right to call in any auto that is returning to the pits for a random check. "I tried. The first sector was so good".

Vettel will therefore still start second on Sunday's grid on the front row alongside polesitter Lewis Hamilton.

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