Hamilton sweats to take the pole over Rosberg

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Lewis Hamilton has been the first ’round’ serious fight with Nico Rosberg. The british, with a spectacular 1:10.736 (a second faster than the 2015), succeeded his eleventh pole position of the season (second in Brazil), which will attempt to alleviate the slight curse that has at Interlagos, where it has not gained never.

The rain only appeared so shy, which in part deprived of any surprise from behind. Fernando Alonso went on to Q3, although it served more than to be 10th on the day, something that even took into perspective a Carlos Sainz without power and with a car more uncomfortable than I expected, and you will come out the 15th.

Q1: Corrective Hamilton to Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton he finished first in the first round of qualifying, ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg and with a time better than that of the pole 2015 (1:11.511). The mercedes had no problems to pass the court, despite the threat of rain and a slight sirimiri put in stress on all the computers.

Sebastian Vettel came out at ten minutes to the end, but not for pleasure. Between third free and qualifying, they found a problem in the brakes that made them climb the Ferrari stands to try to fix it. Passed without major difficulties to the Q2.

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The performance of Fernando Alonso was better than expected and, although with a time not too good, you passed the cut to Q2, with the eleventh time, without major difficulties, something that has not got a Jenson Button that rolled into traffic first, and was wrong to start his last attempt. In addition to English, were eliminated Magnussen, Wehrlein, Ocon, Ericsson and Nasr.

time Table Q1 Grand Prix Brasil

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 11″511 0 3
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 11″815 +0.304 3
3 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 11″957 +0.446 3
4 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 12″100 +0.589 5
5 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 12″159 +0.648 4
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 12″409 +0.898 3
7 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 12″428 +0.917 8
8 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 12″432 +0.921 4
9 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 12″680 +1.169 5
10 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 12″684 +1.173 8
11 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 12″700 +1.189 5
12 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 12″893 +1.382 10
13 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 12″950 +1.439 9
14 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 13″052 +1.541 11
15 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 13″071 +1.560 9
16 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 13″259 +1.748 5
17 Gran Bretaña Jenson Button 22 McLaren 01′ 13″276 +1.765 10
18 Dinamarca Kevin Magnussen 20 Renault 01′ 13″410 +1.899 6
19 Alemania Pascal Wehrlein 94 Manor F1 01′ 13″427 +1.916 8
20 Francia Esteban Ocon 31 Manor F1 01′ 13″432 +1.921 8
21 Suecia Marcus Ericsson 9 Sauber 01′ 13″623 +2.112 8
22 Brasil Felipe Nasr 12 Sauber 01′ 13″681 +2.170 8

Q2: Hamilton and Rosberg are challenging for the final

As was foreseeable, Hamilton and Rosberg they simply had an attempt well back to get the best time, going down even in the time that had been marked both in the Q1. More than four-tenths left their pursuers, the Red Bull and the Ferrari barajados with Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo and Räikkönen.

beyond the Mercedes, the distance from the third to the tenth, which marked the cut was barely half a second. The Interlagos is a track very short, which is conducive to this extreme equality. In part, this benefited to a Fernando Alonso that happened on the court with a great return that he was only a second slower than Hamilton. Among the eliminated are the two Williams, in addition to the other Spanish, a Sainz who suffers a serious lack of power in this path. Especially bleeding is the case of the local idol Felipe Massa, that for the first time since 2002 there will start from the first ten.

Fell Bottas, Gutierrez, Massa, Kvyat, Sainz and Palmer.

time Table Q2 Grand Prix Brasil

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 11″238 0 6
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 11″373 +0.135 6
3 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 11″834 +0.596 6
4 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 12″010 +0.772 7
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 12″047 +0.809 6
6 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 12″301 +1.063 9
7 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 12″312 +1.074 11
8 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 12″331 +1.093 15
9 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 12″343 +1.105 15
10 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 12″360 +1.122 14
11 Finlandia Valtteri Bottas 77 Williams 01′ 12″420 +1.182 10
12 México Esteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 01′ 12″431 +1.193 14
13 Brasil Felipe Massa 19 Williams 01′ 12″521 +1.283 11
14 Rusia Daniil Kvyat 26 Toro Rosso 01′ 12″726 +1.488 15
15 España Carlos Sainz 55 Toro Rosso 01′ 12″920 +1.682 15
16 Gran Bretaña Jolyon Palmer 30 Renault 01′ 13″258 +2.020 11

Q3: Hamilton takes pole to the limit

Hamilton and Rosberg left no room for doubt, but the british struck first. The second place in the table was the first to achieve a 1:10 at the end of the week, with the leader and favorite for the title just over a tenth and a half. However, in the second and final attempt, the british suffered much more.

Hamilton and Rosberg went out practically together to make the time, but a minimum of detail, almost imperceptible in the third sector, allowed the british to add the pole number 60th of his career. Only 102 thousandths separated the two racers Mercedes. After they start again on the second row two old ‘foes’: Kimi Räikkönen, who was third, and Max Verstappen, fourth.

Fernando Alonso was the tenth time of the session, which will fight for points as the only possible target.

time Table Q3 Grand Prix Brasil

Pos. Piloto Dorsal Equipo Tiempo Gap Laps
1 Gran Bretaña Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes 01′ 10″736 0 12
2 Alemania Nico Rosberg 6 Mercedes 01′ 10″838 +0.102 12
3 Finlandia Kimi Raikkonen 7 Ferrari 01′ 11″404 +0.668 15
4 Países Bajos Max Verstappen 33 Red Bull 01′ 11″485 +0.749 12
5 Alemania Sebastian Vettel 5 Ferrari 01′ 11″495 +0.759 13
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull 01′ 11″540 +0.804 12
7 Francia Romain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 01′ 11″937 +1.201 18
8 Alemania Nico Hulkenberg 27 Force India 01′ 12″104 +1.368 20
9 México Sergio Perez 11 Force India 01′ 12″165 +1.429 21
10 España Fernando Alonso 14 McLaren 01′ 12″266 +1.530 17