Verstappen tops Vettel to take second career pole in Brazil
World champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for third place in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen on pole.The Red Bull driver finished 0.123 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's session at Interlagos.
Lewis Hamilton revelled in an "extra special" pole position in the final grand prix of the Formula One season in Abu Dhabi as he ended his qualifying drought.
The world champion had not claimed pole since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July.
However, he ended his wait in some style at the Yas Marina circuit on Saturday, his time of one minute and 34.779 seconds setting a new track record.
His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second, though he will start from the back due to a grid penalty.
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Monégasque youngster has more to give than his older teammate Vettel - it's time for Ferrari to recognise thisHe could and should have won race two in Bahrain, where the car let him down. In Monaco he was quickest in final practice but Ferrari banjaxed his race by not sending him out for a second Q1 run, which left him qualifying only 16th.
Hamilton, who will instead have Max Verstappen for company on the front row, said afterwards: "It was such a long slog trying to get this pole position in and we just kept out heads down and the guys have done a great job.
"Yesterday was quite wobbly so I had to re-compose myself and had to come back today and re-focus. I managed to dial in the car with the hard work of the engineers.
"Valtteri 2.0 has been rapid, especially this weekend. To end the qualifying season with a pole and to say goodbye to this car with a pole, is extra special."
Bottas added: "As a team it has been a really strong day, we've had good pace, it didn't feel as good today as yesterday but I think Lewis made some good improvements.
"In any case I'm going to start last and we will find the fighting spirit tomorrow. I believe, anything is possible, we have a very good car. Sunday is normally stronger for us and we'll give it all we have."
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Hamilton won’t rule out future move to Ferrari .
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton appeared to open the door for a possible future move to Ferrari when he refused to deny meeting with its chairman John Elkann. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Saturday that the Mercedes driver has met Elkann twice this year, and that they discussed Hamilton potentially replacing Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari from 2021 onward.Both four-time champion Vettel and Hamilton have yet to renew contracts expiring at the end of 2020.