Brazilian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Secures Pole Ahead of Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton secures pole at Interlagos Circuit. (Getty Images)
Sao Paulo: Lewis Hamilton enhanced his hopes of taking the F1 title fight down to the wire when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg to grab pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
But Rosberg will secure his first world title if he can win Sunday’s race at the Interlagos circuit.
The defending world champion Hamilton clocked a best lap in one minute and 10.736 seconds on Saturday to beat the 31-year-old German by 0.102 seconds as the pair duelled in the final seconds of Saturday's tense qualifying session.
It was the 31-year-old Briton’s 11th pole of the season and the 60th of his career, as well as a record 19th of the season for the Mercedes team.
Hamilton, fighting to retain his crown, is also aiming for a hat-trick of consecutive wins having won both the United States and Mexican races last month.
Behind the two Mercedes men, Kimi Raikkonen produced an unexpected late lap to take third for Ferrari narrowly ahead of Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez, with two-time world champion Fernando Alonso taking 10th for McLaren.