We’re set for a fascinating Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday after Lewis Hamilton pipped championship leader Nico Rosberg to pole position.
Hamilton has won the last two races but even victories in the final two races of the season might not mean he retains his title. The Mercedes dominance means it’s more than likely than his team mate Nico Rosberg can finish in the top two and even the top three in one race and still win his first title.
Hamilton was 0.12 second faster than Rosberg as he clinched his second pole in a Brazilian Grand Prix. He’s still 19 points behind the German and knows a win for the German on Sunday will lead to his dethroning as champion.
Ferrari didn’t have a great day in practice on Friday but Kimi Raikkonen will be starting the race tomorrow in third on the grid but was 0.668 seconds behind Hamilton. Max Verstappen finished fourth, Vettel in fifth and Daniel Ricciardo in sixth. Haas driver Romain Grosjean did well to grab seventh spot ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in their Force India’s. Fernando Alonso will start in tenth place in his McLaren. Not such good news for Jenson Button who didn’t get past Q1 and will start in 17th, he was 0.576 seconds behind his team mate. He had problems with “very little front grip” and high-speed oversteer, so not an enjoyable afternoon.
There was light drizzle during qualifying but a bit more than that is likely to be happening tomorrow. That’ll make for an interesting race but we all know how good Lewis Hamilton is in wet conditions. It will however help the Red Bulls and Ferraris narrow the gap on Mercedes so another Mercedes 1-2 might not be the logical conclusion.
Hamilton is in a determined mood though; he was fastest in Q1 and Q2 and ahead by 0.162 seconds after the first run of the top ten shootout. Rosberg did improve his time but Hamilton just held on to grab pole position.
The defending world champion said after qualifying: “”I felt quite comfortable in qualifying as I have done all weekend. Nico has been getting quicker and quicker but I have generally had him covered.” As for the weather, he said he “did not really mind” if rained, adding: “I am ready for anything.”
Rosberg came out with a quote he’s used already this season but one that is true. “My lap was very good as well, but as we have seen this year, pole is not always the guy who wins the race.”
The German driver knows he could become world champion on Sunday or at least put himself in a position where he might just need a top three finish in the final race to win the title. Hamilton has been driving like a world champion this weekend, he may well win the race tomorrow but it’s what Rosberg does tomorrow that will determine just how thrilling a final race we’ll have. Is it too late to ask Bernie for double points?? Enjoy your racing and I’ll be back soon with another blog.