Rosberg beats Hamilton to Brazil GP pole

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg secured his fifth successive pole position after edging out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rosberg led Hamilton after the first runs in Q3 after a mistake by the Briton at Bico de Pato, and the German improved on his second lap to a 1:11.282.

Hamilton crossed the line 0.078s adrift of Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant third.

Valtteri Bottas qualified in fourth place but will drop to seventh as a result of his penalty for a red flag infringement in practice.

That promotes Kimi Räikkönen into fourth, Nico Hülkenberg to fifth and Daniil Kvyat to sixth.

Felipe Massa was unable to match the pace of team-mate Bottas and will start from eighth, while Daniel Ricciardo qualified ninth but will drop to 19th due to an engine penalty.

Max Verstappen rounded out the Q3 competitors, three-tenths back on Ricciardo.

Felipe Nasr missed out on a berth in Q2 and set the 11th best time, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sergio Pérez was a lowly 13th for Force India, with Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean completing the Q2 runners, the latter scuppering his prospects due to a high-speed spin exiting Ferradura.

Pastor Maldonado fell at the first hurdle as he set only the 16th fastest time, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Alexander Rossi once again out-qualified Manor Marussia team-mate Will Stevens, while Fernando Alonso stopped out on track in Q1 due to a power failure.

Alonso was unable to set a time and watched the remainder of Q1 from a deckchair track-side.

Alonso and Button both jokingly climbed onto the podium to wave to the fans as they walked towards their required press commitments.

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