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Lewis Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying, Valtteri Bottas takes pole

Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying, Bottas takes pole

11/11/2017 at 17:19Updated 11/11/2017 at 17:23

World champion Lewis Hamilton will start last at the Brazilian Grand Prix after crashing out in Q1, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas taking pole position.

The Brit, who secured his fourth title in Mexico last month, lost control of his rear mid-corner on his first flying lap, sending him careering sideways into a barrier.

Hamilton said he was fine over the team radio, but remained in his cockpit in apparent disbelief as the session was red flagged.

Qualifying soon resumed with Bottas squabbling with the Ferraris for pole.

And it was the Finn who came out on top in Q3, posting a superb 1:08.322 to pip Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth and fifth.

Ricciardo will take a 10-place penalty for Sunday's race, promoting Force India's Sergio Perez and McLaren's Fernando Alonso into fifth and sixth respectively.

Qualifying results

1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:08.322

2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:08.360

3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:08.538

4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:08.925

5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1:09.330

6. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:09.598

7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:09.617

8. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1:09.703

9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Renault 1:09.805

10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:09.841

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11. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India - Mercedes 1:09.830

12. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 1:09.879

13. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1:10.116

14. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 1:10.154

15. Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) Toro Rosso - Renault

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16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:10.678

17. Pierre Gasly (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:10.686

18. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1:10.776

19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 1:10.875

20. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes

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