Lewis Hamilton On Pole For Brazil GP! 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix QUALIFYING Report

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Lewis Hamilton On Pole For Brazil GP! 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix QUALIFYING Report

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Circuit: Interlagos

Session: Qualifying

We’re nearing towards the end of the season and tomorrow, it’s the penultimate race of the 2018 season in Interlagos for the 2018 Brazil Grand Prix which saw Lewis Hamilton take pole during Qualifying earlier today.

The 5x World Champion claimed his 82nd Formula 1 pole position, setting a new track record too. Tomorrow, both Mercedes drivers will be starting on SuperSoft tyres with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel splitting the two. Despite dominating P3, Sebastian Vettel couldn’t beat Lewis Hamilton’s time during Qualifying and will be starting the race in P2.

Below, you can take a look and see what drivers had to say following Qualifying earlier today….

MERCEDES – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix Qualifying Report

LEWIS HAMILTON

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Lewis Hamilton: “It was so close between us, we needed 100 percent today, not 99. I was really happy with my lap and I think that we did a great job collectively as a team to get pole today.”

“We had to do a lot of work overnight and the team was faultless with their efforts. I was really happy after my first lap, I immediately knew that we were off to a good start. The track felt good, the grip was amazing and it felt better than ever. “

“It’s a fantastic circuit, they generally don’t make circuits like this anymore – it’s quite hilly, quite short, very technical and overall very challenging. “

“The rain was popping in every now and then, so it was difficult to really tell whether it was going to be slippery in the next corner or not.”

“That was definitely tricky, but I think all of us did quite a good job and luckily the rain held off, so we could push at the end.”

VALTTERI BOTTAS

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Valtteri Bottas: “With the pace I had all weekend it felt like I would fight for pole position, so to end up P3 with a Ferrari between Lewis and me is a bit disappointing. I think pole was up for grabs today!”

“I was more than two tenths up in the second run of Q3, but I lost a bit of time in Turn 12 and I was the first car going up the back straight, so I had no tow and just kept losing time going up the hill towards the finish line.”

“But it was an overall strong qualifying for us as a team and another great pole for Lewis.”

“We will both start on a softer tyre than Vettel, so that could make the start tomorrow quite interesting. Let’s wait and see what the race holds for us….”

TEAM TALK

TOTO WOLFF – “We should be very pleased with pole position and P3 after such a close qualifying today. The battle with Ferrari is so tough, it’s like a boxing match – every time you land a punch, they come back with another, and we have to keep fighting for every result.”

“It felt that way through every part of qualifying today and on every lap, you could never be sure if we had enough performance to claim pole.”

“Lewis did a great job as the only driver to improve on his final run in Q3 – while Valtteri lost out as the first car on the road and not having a tow up the hill, having been on a great lap until the final straight.”

“Now the race might be a different game: Ferrari took the gamble in Q2 on the Soft tyre and it paid off, so it will be an interesting opening stint.”

“”If we want to win tomorrow, we will have to fight for it every step of the way.”

JAMES ALLISON – “It is always tight at the top in Interlagos, with a short lap and qualifying decided by the smallest of margins every year.”

“The pressure is always on here and all the more so in a session that threatened rain throughout and, although it never quite materialised, that spectre affected our decisions throughout the hour.”

“The most tense moment was probably at the beginning of Q2, as we had to decide whether to take the risk of a single run on the Soft tyre or to go out on the SuperSoft; in the end, we went for the safer strategy and hats off to Ferrari for the punt they took which paid off.”

“Nonetheless, we are delighted to have one of our cars on pole with Lewis and Valtteri just shy of making it an all-silver front row. However, starting on the softer compound tomorrow could be an advantage at a circuit that offers opportunities to pass at the start.”

“We will hope to make strong starts with both cars and then to look after the tyres in order to try and convert our strong qualifying result into victory..”

FERRARI – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix Qualifying Report

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

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Sebastian Vettel:We have two more races to go and I am looking forward to racing. I think this is not the right time to draw conclusions as the Championship is not completely over yet. I would like to win these last two races.”

“The last two Grands Prix were better for us in terms of pace, so hopefully we can continue like that and we be able to win. For sure, we’ll try to do the best that we can.”

“We want to focus on winning the Constructors’ Championship, trying to put our main competitors as far back as we can. As for this circuit, it is difficult to predict what will happen, as Interlagos has an unusual layout, one on which… things just happen. We’ll see how the weather turns out, but I believe it’s going to be a challenging weekend.”

“Along the way something went wrong for us this year and we need to make sure we learn from it; clearly we missed something and it’s up to us to fix it and make sure it won’t happen again.”

KIMI RAIKKONEN

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Kimi Raikkonen:Interlagos is a nice circuit, although probably not the easiest one to drive. They‘ve downsized the kerbs somehow and certain corners have changed quite a bit because of that.”

“The track has been resurfaced and the grip is very good here now. As for our expectations, it’s a bit pointless to start guessing where we are going to end up this weekend: we’ll do our best and see what it brings.”

“Hopefully we can be there in the fight. The last race for sure was not easy, despite the podium finish, but then Mexico is a special place: here it should be okay.”

“The Constructors’ Championship is probably the most important to win for any team especially for manufacturers. We’ll try our best and the see what we can get in the end.”

“We are not in the strongest position on that, but we are still in it and we’ll keep fighting..”

RED BULL RACING – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix Qualifying Report

MAX VERSTAPPEN

Max Verstappen: “We did the best we could, which was fifth, so I think we should be happy with that. Conditions were a bit tricky but everyone handled it very well in the garage and we came through with a good performance.”

“We tried to get a quicker lap on the soft tyre in Q2 but just missed out. It isn’t a disaster starting on supersofts so we aren’t too concerned.”

“The balance of the car wasn’t ideal, we were missing some front grip. If we had it spot on we may have had a small chance of challenging a Ferrari, but when you are losing so much time on the straights it is always going to be a difficult. I’m confident the car has a good set-up for the race.”

“Tomorrow it looks like it will get warmer and therefore tougher on the rear tyres, we should be in good shape as I think this suits us better. It is always going to be a hard race in the dry around here so if the rain comes, I think it could play into our hands.”

DANIEL RICCIARDO

Daniel Ricciardo: “I think we have a good car and in qualifying to be half a second off pole around here, where from memory we haven’t been that close in the past, is positive.”

“We also know from yesterday that we are even better in race conditions. Obviously, with the penalty I start a bit outside of the front pack in 11th but I will hopefully make my way through quickly and have some fun once I join the fight at the front.”

“The rain passed pretty quickly but it did force us to use the supersoft tyre in Q2. Ideally, we wanted to start on the soft tomorrow but fortunately it was only Ferrari who made it work and Mercedes are in the same position as us.”

“I don’t think it makes too much difference as we have a good car on the super and also good tyre management. Maybe this mixed strategy will also force a two-stop race through the field and mix things up.”

“I had some experience last year of coming from the back so I know a few spots around this track to overtake on and I’m game for that.”

“I think my race will be shaped on how quickly I can get through the field and latch on to the top five. Anyway, whatever happens it’ll be fun.”

  • Daniel Ricciardo’s Car (3) will drop five grid positions following a penalty for using a sixth turbo charger.

TEAM TALK

CHRISTIAN HORNER – “It was an exciting qualifying with the threat of rain throughout the sessions. With Max actually topping Q1 we then elected to run the supersoft to ensure being on the right tyre on the damp track in Q2 which turned out to be dry.”

“Both drivers were within a couple of thousandths of each other in Q3 on both runs and to end up fifth and sixth is about where we expected to be around here.”

“We are very quick in the middle sector but unfortunately sectors one and three expose our weaknesses.”

“Nonetheless, we believe we have encouraging race pace, and despite Daniel’s penalty hopefully both drivers can feature strongly in the race tomorrow.”

MCLAREN – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix Qualifying Report

FERNANDO ALONSO

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Fernando Alonso: “My qualifying lap was still enjoyable, and with new tyres and light fuel these cars feel good, although obviously not quick enough to go through the sessions.”

“In dry conditions, early in the weekend, we already saw we didn’t have the pace. We’ve been slow all weekend and we were slow in qualifying as well, so there are no surprises.”

“There’s nothing we can do now, other than try to improve tomorrow and try to help the team with some points.We need some rain or a crazy race to benefit from, as in terms of pure pace we are maybe not quick enough.”

“We’re starting from the back, so we can take some risks and gamble on strategy.”

STOFFEL VANDOORNE

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Stoffel Vandoorne: “It’s not been the best weekend for us so far. We saw in practice this morning that we were never really on the pace, and it’s unfortunate to confirm that in qualifying today.”

“We can never seem to really benefit from wet conditions in qualifying as it never rains at the right time for us.”

“We’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We have nothing to lose in the race and hopefully the weather will give us something to allow us a bit of a gamble, as I think that’s the only opportunity we have to progress.”

“We haven’t really been competitive all weekend here. In Mexico, the tyre degradation played to our advantage, but here it looks like it’s not going to be the case, so hopefully the weather will do that for us.”

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