Hamilton grabs pole in Brazil, Vettel summoned to stewards

Hope Soto
November 11, 2018

Vettel, though, faces an investigation after failing to follow stewards' instructions at the weighbridge.

The Brazilian race is the penultimate GP of the season, with Abu Dhabi closing it on November 25. "We are in the ball park but I think we can still launch forward from where we are". "I wanted them to hurry up".

Sebastian Vettel has been reprimanded and fined €25,000 for failing to obey FIA officials during a routine weight check at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen sits ahead of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on the third row, ahead of the Sauber pairing of Marcus Ericsson and Charles LeClerc, who only squeezed into Q1 with an impressive lap after the clock had expired.

"It's very close between all of us at the front, but I think there's more potential in our auto, so we just need to try and squeeze it out". "The weather was going up and down". He wasn't on a quick lap so I don't know what his thinking was.

"The stewards reviewed the video evidence from the on-board camera and pit lane CCTV, viewed team engine telemetry and heard from the driver of auto 5 (Sebastian Vettel) and team representative", a statement said.

Before the summons, it looked like Ferrari had pulled off a tactical masterstroke as the only team into the final phase on soft tyres, rather than the faster but quicker-wearing super-soft, giving them a potential advantage at the race start. Hamilton moved off the racing line, going across the track to the left, to open up the racing line for the Williams driver - at the same time, Sirotkin moved in the same direction, forcing him into evasive action which saw him narrowly miss the Mercedes after approaching him at a much higher speed.

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What do you make of the incident between Hamilton and Sirotkin?

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was ninth, with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly 10th, benefiting from the latest upgraded Honda engine.

Alonso is retiring at the end of the season and it is with a whimper that his own career is fizzling out.

"That was a tough qualifying session", Hamilton said. Lance Stroll was 19th, with the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne either side of him and set for another hard race from the back end of the grid.

Because he turned the engine off, Vettel did not actually break the wording of the sporting regulations surrounding the weighbridge and, therefore, did not receive a sporting penalty. 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.

Lewis Hamilton clenches his fist after taking pole at Interlagos.

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