F1: Verstappen Storms To Pole In São Paulo

Max Verstappen celebrating his first pole at the historic Interlagos circuit. Image sourced from @RedBullRacing via Twitter.

Max Verstappen Storms To Pole Position Ahead Of The Brazilian Grand Prix.

Maximum Attack From Verstappen

Verstappen’s lap time of a 1:07.508 was enough to secure pole.

The Dutchman’s performance makes him the first driver in a Honda to take pole position at Brazil since Senna in 1991.

Verstappen: “Straight away from Q1 the car was flying, that was an enjoyable drive. We are very happy with this, I’ll try to finish it off now.”

Vettel Pipped To Pole

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel missed out on pole by just a tenth of a second.

Vettel: “I had a small wobble on the exit of the final corner, and Max improved his time, it’s his pole, so fair play. I’m happy with a front row start, so we will see tomorrow.”

Behind the German will be newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Recently crowned 2019 world champion Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s race in third. Image sourced from @MercedesAMGF1 via Twitter.

Hamilton: “We’ve been down on power compared to the others, that’s where we lost our time. But I gave it my absolute all, the track is very challenging.”

After a less than ideal banker lap, Hamilton’s final run in Q3 put him into third place.

Subsequently demoting Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to fourth place.

However, the Monégasque will start the race from fourteenth place due to a 10 place grid drop.

A penalty which comes after Ferrari fitted a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) into his SF90 for this weekend.

Leclerc’s penalty leaves him with a lot of work to be done during the grand prix. Image sourced from @LeclercNews via Twitter.

Leclerc: “It won’t be an easy race and I will give the maximum to make up as many places as possible and hopefully fight for a podium.”

Valtteri Bottas, who won last time out in Austin, placed his Silver Arrow into fifth.

Alexander Albon, who was just announced to be partnering Verstappen in 2020, finished the session in sixth place, three-tenths off Verstappen.

With his 2020 seat secure, Albon will be keen to prove to the Red Bull bosses that they made the right choice. Image sourced from @RedBullRacing via Twitter.

Gasly Leads The Pack

Surprisingly it was Toro Rosso who led the midfield in qualifying, as Pierre Gasly secured a solid seventh place.

Although, it wasn’t all perfect for the italian outfit as Gasly’s teammate, Daniil Kvyat, failed to get out of Q1.

Former Red Bull driver Gasly set a stunning lap in Q3 to claim best of the rest status for Toro Rosso. Image sourced from @HondaRacingF1 via Twitter.

Haas found form in qualifying once again with Romain Grojsean taking eighth place.

Grojsean finishing just ahead of team-mate Kevin Magnussen who ended up tenth.

However, team principal Guenther Steiner acknowledged that they expect to fall back drastically on race pace.

A statement which has been the case throughout the year as the team attempt to solve their tyre issues.

It Kimi Raikkonen splitting the Haas duo after putting his Alfa Romeo into ninth position.

The Finn’s team-mate, Antonio Giovinazzi had been out pacing him for most pf the weekend.

Kimi Raikonnen’s experience proved vital during qualifying in São Paulo as he edged out Giovinazzi. Image sourced from @AlfaRomeoRacing via Twitter.

Unfortunately, the Italian was unable to do it when it mattered, finishing the session in thirteenth.

McLaren Falter

As Carlos Sainz took to the circuit at the start of qualifying, the Spaniard was hit an engine issue.

An issue which ultimately denied Sainz a chance to set a lap, forcing him to start from the back.

Lando Norris in the other McLaren failed to make Q3, the Brit qualifying in eleventh place.

However it may play into is hands as Norris will be the first in the midfield with a free choice of starting tyre.

Norris, who recently celebrated his 20th birthday is poised for a great points haul come the race. Image sourced from @McLarenF1 via Twitter.

On top of this, the young rookie will move up to tenth on the grid once Leclerc’s penalty is applied.

The blow from their drop in form was also softened by its rivals Renault who too failed to get a car into the top ten.

The pair of Daniel Ricciardo & Nico Hulkenbrg ending up twelfth and fourteenth respectively.