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Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen in battle for ‘mini-pole’ Brazilian GP

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As during the race weekends in Silverstone and Monza, Formula 1 is also experimenting in Brazil with an alternative format where qualifying takes place after just one practice session on Friday. This does not result in the so-called ‘pole position’, because this is only awarded after the sprint race, or sprint qualification, on Saturday.

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During Q1 we saw Max Verstappen as the first of the top drivers to set a best time but in the end Lewis Hamilton was fastest at the end of the first qualifying section, followed by both Ferraris. Max Verstappen was only sixth, more than half a second behind Hamilton. At Red Bull, they were clearly not going full steam ahead.

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In Q2 we saw Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time again, followed by team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second place. Max Verstappen had to allow more than four tenths against Hamilton in third. The question was therefore whether Verstappen could hit back in Q3 during the battle for pole.

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At the start of Q3, the teams played poker with no car on track during the first 2-3 minutes. In the end, Ferrari was the first to take to the track with both cars. Half a minute later a train followed with all the other cars.

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During that first fast run, Lewis Hamilton drove the provisional best time with his new Mercedes engine, Max Verstappen had to concede more than two tenths to Hamilton.

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Of course there was an ultimate second fast run and it was therefore important to watch out whether Verstappen could hit back. That ultimately failed while Lewis Hamilton still managed to improve his time.

Hamilton also conquers the ‘mini-pole’ for the sprint race on Saturday. Max Verstappen will start tomorrow from the front row while Valtteri Bottas will start the race in third.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.733s 1:08.068s 1:07.934s

2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:09.329s 1:08.499s 1:08.372s

3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 09.040s 1: 08.426s 1: 08.469s

4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 09.172s 1: 08.973s 1: 08.483s

5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:09.347s 1:08.903s 1:08.777s

6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 09.046s 1: 09.031s 1: 08.826s

7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 09.155s 1: 08.859s 1: 08.960s

8 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 09.365s 1: 09.030s 1: 08.980s

9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:09.374s 1:09.093s 1:09.039s

10 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:09.391s 1:09.137s 1:09.113s

11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:09.430s 1:09.189s

12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:09.451s 1:09.399s

13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 09.350s 1: 09.483s

14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:09.598s 1:09.503s

15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 09.342s 1: 10.227s

16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:09.663s

17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:09.897s

18 George Russell Williams 1:09.953s

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:10.329s

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:10.589s

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(F1journaal.be)

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