100th Pole For Mercedes As Hamilton Starts P1 In Brazil

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington
 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington

World champion Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position having avoided a penalty for blocking during qualifying. The five time world champion set a fastest time of 01:07.281s handing Mercedes their 100th pole position since returning to Formula One in 2010.

Sebastian Vettel will start the race from second place despite being reprimanded for driving away from the weigh bridge ‘destroying’ the scales. The German was fined €25,000 for the incident.

Valtteri Bottas starts the race from third place just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. Max Verstappen starts the race from fifth place for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson secured his best ever qualifying position in sixth place just ahead of his team mate Charles Leclerc and Romain Grosjean. Pierre Gasly in the Scuderia Toro Rosso starts the race from ninth place while Kevin Magnussen rounds out the top ten.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo who qualified in sixth place will start the race from eleventh place having been handed a five place grid penalty after his team had to replace the turbo in his Renault engine.

Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez starts the race from 12th place for the Racing Point Force India Formula One Team.

The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg starts the race from 13th place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin and the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz. Brendan Hartley starts the race from 16th place while Esteban Ocon starts the race from 17th place on grid following a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso starts the race from 18th place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll while Stoffel Vandoorne rounds out the grid in 20th place for McLaren.

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