Mercedes' Nico Rosberg will start the Brazilian Grand Prix in pole position after an impressive qualifying session on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will start off in the second and third positions on Sunday at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo.
Rosberg was the fastest in qualifying with a timing of 1m 11.282s, while Hamilton and Vettel's fastest lap timing read 1m 11.360s and 1m 11.804s, respectively. Rosberg has been in stupendous qualifying form in the last four grand prix, where he managed to take pole. However, he has managed to win only one race from such an advantageous position.
The German driver will be eager to correct this record of his in a Mercedes car. Rosberg was pleased with his qualifying performance in Brazil, but a strong test lies ahead of the German, who will be challenged by Hamilton and Vettel on Sunday.
"Yeah, of course pleased with today (qualifying). Best place to be in for tomorrow's (today) race. It worked well in qualifying. I was playing catch-up a little in Quali 2, that didn't quite go to plan, but then Quali 3 really got going and got some good laps in. The last lap was on the edge, there were a couple of big moments in there, but it still worked out to be a good time, so happy with that," said Rosberg.
Though Hamilton might have already clinched the F1 title and won a number of races around the world, the Mercedes driver is yet to win in Brazil. Rosberg won the Brazilian GP last year while Vettel has won the race twice in his career, which just establishes that Hamilton needs to be on top of his game if he is to clinch his maiden Brazilian GP title.
"Well, my main job is done this year, so it's not the most important thing, but of course that's the target. I've come here, a circuit that I haven't actually won at, so... Last year I was strong in the race and I hope to be able to carry that through to tomorrow and try and see if I can make the difference," said Hamilton.
Mercedes drivers Rosberg and Hamilton have dominated the circuit this season, having won a combined 14 out of 17 races. Vettel has been the only non-Mercedes driver to win a grand prix this season.
When these drivers set their foot on the pedal in Brazil, Vettel will be determined to outdo Mercedes and win his fourth race of the season, but it is not going to be any easy.
Other drivers such as Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg will begin the race in fifth and sixth position respectively in Brazilian GP. Valtteri Bottas will start in fourth position.
Where to watch live
Race Start (Sunday): 2 pm local time, 9:30 pm, IST, 4 pm GMT.
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