2017 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Hamilton walks over to congratulate team-mate Bottas
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Vettel and Raikkonen have parked on the grid, rather than parc ferme - they'll have to hop over the barriers
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"Yes!" Bottas shouts in response
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"And that's pole!" Bottas' engineer shouts
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"Yes! Yes!" Alonso shouts, when told that he is seventh, and will move up to sixth after Ricciardo's grid drop
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Ricciardo will lose 10 places with his engine penalty
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Perez takes sixth, ahead of Alonso, Hulkenberg, Sainz Jr. and Massa
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Raikkonen holds third, from Verstappen and Ricciardo
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...but Bottas does! It's a 1:08.322 and pole position!
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Vettel is unable to improve...
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Chequered flag - times to follow
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Plenty more green sector splits out there...
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Bottas goes purple through the first sector!
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Drivers head back out for their finals runs, as rain drops fall...
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Massa abandons that lap, pitting for fresh tyres
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Massa has a huge moment at Curva do Laranjinha, where Hamilton went off in Q1 - he was compromised by Sainz Jr.
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Perez leads the chasing pack, ahead of Hulkenberg, Alonso and Sainz Jr., with Massa the only driver yet to post a time
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Raikkonen slots into third, from Verstappen and Ricciardo
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Vettel went purple in S1 and S2, but slightly slower through S3
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But Vettel edges ahead with a 1:08.360!
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Bottas kicks off Q3 with a 1:08.442 - another new track record!
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Bottas heads straight back out in the sole Mercedes
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We're underway for the pole shootout
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Ricciardo made it through on the Soft tyre, the only driver to do so - remember, he has an engine-related grid penalty
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Out in Q2: OCO, GRO, VAN, MAG, HAR
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Grosjean is shuffled down to 12th, from Vandoorne, Magnussen and Hartley, the latter not posting a lap time in Q2
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A mini-shock as Ocon misses out in 11th
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But Vettel produces a 1:08.494! What a lap
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Bottas improves to 1:08.638 up front
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Alonso moves up to sixth, just in front of Massa
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Hulkenberg goes seventh, ahead of Perez and Grosjean
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Drivers are gradually heading back out for the second and final runs - around three minutes left on the Q2 clock
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So it was indeed confusion over the weighbridge call
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"It wasn't very clear," added Verstappen
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"We're not sure if it was for you or Fernando," said Verstappen's engineer, regarding the pit entry incident
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Current top 10: BOT, VET, RAI, VER, RIC, MAS, ALO, PER, SAI, OCO
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Mechanics now push Verstappen back to the garage
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He came into the pits behind a McLaren and it looks as though the red light was on for the weighbridge - so perhaps Verstappen thought he was being called in
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Verstappen has stopped just after the pit entry line
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Massa goes fifth, splitting the Red Bull drivers
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Raikkonen is third, from Verstappen, Ricciardo and Alonso
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All drivers bar Ricciardo (Softs) are running on Super Softs
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Vettel goes second, a tenth away from Bottas
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Bottas posts a 1:08.901! That's the fastest time of the weekend so far, and another new track record...
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"Light drizzle out of the pit lane," Verstappen reports
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Bottas is told about some drops of rain in the pit lane
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After that short break, Q2 begins
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So, a big shock in Q1, as Hamilton crashes out - what can he do tomorrow?
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Massa is congratulated for his final lap - he was a second quicker than team-mate Stroll, who drops out
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Out in Q1: WEH, GAS, STR, ERI, HAM
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Wehrlein narrowly misses out in 16th
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Ericsson fails to improve in 19th
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Gasly and Stroll can only go 17th and 18th
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The crowd enjoyed that one!
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Massa shoots up to fourth with his final lap of the session, between Vettel and Verstappen
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Chequered flag - times to follow
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Drop zone with two minutes to go: WEH, GAS, ERI, STR, HAM
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A few seconds later, Hartley demotes Wehrlein...
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Wehrlein goes 15th, getting himself out of the drop zone
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But he continues and gets himself into the top 10
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Grosjean's T-wing appears to have broken in half
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"I'm boxing!" Raikkonen adds, with his engineer chipping in: "Box then!"
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"What do you mean?!" Raikkonen shouts over the radio, when told he is safe, but that Ferrari is slightly concerned, with nine minutes still to go
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Stroll improves his time, but can only go 18th
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In the drop zone: WEH, ERI, HAR, STR, HAM
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Current top 10: RAI, BOT, VET, VER, RIC, PER, OCO, ALO, SAI, MAS
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Verstappen is fourth, just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo
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"There's definitely something not right with my engine," reports a concerned Verstappen
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Raikkonen pumps in a 1:09.405 moments later
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Bottas surges ahead on 1:09.452
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Hartley reports a "scruffy" first attempt, after locking up, so he backs off and prepares for another attempt
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Vettel (Softs) now slots ahead with a 1:09.796 - times are coming thick and fast!
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Verstappen (Super Softs) is the first driver into the 1m09s
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Raikkonen slots into second, 0.138s back, on Softs
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Bottas is the early leader with a 1:10.053 on Super Softs
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A huge queue in the final sector as drivers try to find some space
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That red flag helped Williams - Stroll's car is now ready to go
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We're back underway in Q1
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Hamilton's car is craned away, with bits and pieces falling off
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Replays show Hamilton losing the rear through Ferradura/Curva do Laranjinha - he slid over the run-off and into the wall
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Hamilton now gets out of his car and assesses the damage
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The session has been red flagged
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But his car is heavily damaged - his session is over
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"I'm OK guys," Hamilton comments over the radio
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Hamilton has crashed!
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Ferrari sends its drivers out on Softs - all others are on Super Softs
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Hamilton and Bottas are quick to head out
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Green light! Q1 begins
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Massa is all set for his final qualifying session on home soil
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That was after he stopped on track in final practice: https://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/360851/stroll-to-take-on-new-engine-gearbox/
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Stroll is sitting on a box at the front of the Williams garage - his car is still up on jacks as mechanics complete gearbox and engine changes
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As usual, five drivers will drop out in Q1, and five more in Q2, leaving 10 for the pole position shootout
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place - the first comes along the Reta Oposta (between Turns 3 and 4), with the second on the main straight
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres here
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Talking of Red Bull, advisor Helmut Marko has moved to cool the engine row between Toro Rosso and Renault: https://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/360857/marko-no-questions-over-renault-parity/
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Red Bull saved engine mileage and finished a long way off, as Max Verstappen struggled - let's see if that changes this afternoon
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Mercedes completed a practice clean sweep in FP3, with Valtteri Bottas this time leading the way, but Ferrari got much closer...
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Rain was initially expected throughout Saturday's running at Interlagos, but it has stayed away so far - will it finally hit during qualifying?
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix!