Hamilton set for back row start after crash
11 November 2017 – World Champion Lewis Hamilton is set to start the Brazilian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after crashing out during the early stages of Q1 in cool and cloudy conditions at Interlagos.
Hamilton, having led the way through Friday's pair of practice sessions, finished second to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Saturday morning, as the squad again set the pace.
However, Hamilton lost control of his W08 through the exit of the right-hand Ferradura curve and crashed into the barriers, his car coming to a rest on the outside of Laranjinha.
Hamilton managed to walk away from the wreckage, though the session was stopped while marshals recovered his car.
It marks the first time Hamilton has dropped out in Q1 since last year's Belgian Grand Prix, when he was already facing a rear-row start due to engine penalties.
Hamilton is poised to line up from 20th position as his crash came before he recorded a timed lap, meaning he has technically not qualified, though he will receive dispensation from stewards to race.
As a result, those with engine penalties will be shuffled rearwards and still start ahead of Hamilton, who will be added to the grid once the sanctions are applied for rivals.