Brazilian GP: Hamilton dominates qualifying ahead of Sprint Race

Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying ready for tomorrow’s Sprint Race as he will start just ahead of championship rival Max Verstappen.

Q1 was straight forward for most drivers with only Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi having their first laps deleted due to track limits.

By the end of the first qualifying session it was Lance Stroll who just missed out on Q2 in 16th ahead of compatriot Nicholas Latifi and George Russell.

The two Haas’ of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin ended 19th and 20th.

There was a brief wait for three minutes or so before the drivers headed out of the pits in Q2 to set their laps, the two Mercedes topped the session by the end.

At the other end of the leaderboard, Esteban Ocon failed to make it through to Q3 in 11th ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Yuki Tsunoda in 12th and 13th.

Kimi Raikkonen got the better of teammate Giovinazzi, the two Alfa Romeo’s ended 14th and 15th.

In Q3, Hamilton remained untouchable as he set a 1m07.934s lap to top qualifying with 0.438s separating himself from Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas ended qualifying in third ahead of Sergio Perez’s Red Bull in fourth.

Pierre Gasly put in another impressive performance to finish fifth and will start tomorrow’s Sprint Race from fifth on the grid ahead of Carlos Sainz.

Leclerc put his Ferrari in seventh ahead of Lando Norris’ McLaren in eighth.

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso will occupy the fifth row tomorrow in ninth and 10th positions.