Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Brazilian Grand Prix 2018 - Lewis Hamilton reflects on 82nd pole position

Brazilian Grand Prix 2018 - Lewis Hamilton reflects on 82nd pole position

Sebastian Vettel ended in second place, just 0.093s behind his rival, but faces the possibility of a grid penalty after being called before the stewards.

On virtually the same piece of Interlagos tarmac where he passed Timo Glock to sensationally win his maiden title a decade ago, Hamilton, caught napping as he prepared for his quick lap, veered into the path of Sergey Sirotkin's Williams, which was approaching at 150mph.

But he was later reprimanded and fined 25,000 euros ($28,300) for damaging the scales in a weighbridge incident during qualifying. "I wanted them to hurry up", said Vettel.

But behind them, the Saubers locked out the fourth row, with Haas's Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly following them.

Cape Town - Despite having won the championship, Lewis Hamilton says he won't be called on to return the favour Valtteri Bottas paid him back in Russian Federation by handing his team-mate a race win.

He added: "We didn't take that risk because we thought it was disproportionate but we understand that Ferrari, where they are now, the only chance they have to stay in the fight for the Constructors' Championship is to take risks and that's what they did".

"We also know from yesterday that we are even better in race conditions". "I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure", he said.

But when it mattered Hamilton just edged him out for his 10th pole of the season.

"But I don't think there is anything he did wrong", he admitted. Yesterday we had to do a lot of work overnight and again, the team were really faultless with their efforts so I was so happy when I came across on that first lap. We kind of feel if we respect them then if they're in that position next time they'll respect me.

Ericsson has been dropped by Sauber for next season and is to race in Indycars in the USA, although he will remain the team's reserve driver.

Ricciardo, however, will start five positions behind because of a penalty after his team had to replace his turbocharger for the sixth time this season.

British teenager Lando Norris, another 2019 rookie, was also on track in Fernando Alonso's McLaren for the first session and was faster on the quicker soft tyres than the team's departing Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne on mediums.

But the newly-crowned five-times world champion said the season was already too long and there was not enough time between seasons to be able to recover.

"We have a battle on our hands for the constructors' title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past race weekends". "I think if you look generally at what I am doing on track, there are not many other drivers who pay so much respect, especially to the leading cars that I know are fighting for the title".

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