Qualifying for the Brazilian GP began with a fifteen-minute delay. The Interlagos circuit needed to be cleared by the monitor marshals as a result of there was particles and dust on the monitor.
Throughout qualifying, a 60 % likelihood of rain was predicted. The riders shortly took to the monitor to keep away from a potential rain bathe. When driving out of the pit lane, we noticed F1 pilots narrowly keep away from one another a number of instances throughout Q1. As an alternative of harmful conditions within the pit lane or on the circuit, the issue of slow-moving F1 vehicles was now moved to the pit exit.
In the long run it dripped a bit on the circuit, however the heavy rain didn’t cross over however alongside the circuit throughout Q1. Nonetheless, the specter of rain additionally endured for the second qualifying part.
And due to the specter of rain, we instantly had many vehicles on the monitor once more from the beginning of Q2. Everybody tried to set a quick lap time as shortly as potential, earlier than any rain.
We did not get any massive surprises in Q2 both, however identical to in Q1, wherein George Russell was the quickest, Max Verstappen was not the quickest this time both. This time Lando Norris was about one and a half tenths quicker than Max Verstappen who set the second quickest time. The primary 9 vehicles had been inside about three-tenths of one another on the Interlagos brief circuit.
We appeared to be heading for a really thrilling battle for pole. To make it much more thrilling, the threatening rain clouds appeared to get even nearer to the circuit. Initially of Q3, when the battle for pole was on, it was time to queue on the exit of the pit lane.
Max Verstappen was the primary to set a quick lap time, which was additionally good for a provisional pole place. Charles Leclerc set the second quickest time within the Ferrari. Within the meantime, very darkish clouds got here in the direction of the circuit, and the wind additionally began to blow very arduous on the Interlagos circuit
With simply over 4 minutes left on the clock, the race administration raised the pink flag and qualifying was instantly over as a result of the session wouldn’t be resumed.
Pole place for Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and a stunning Lance Stroll within the Aston Martin in third place. Instantly after elevating the pink flag, heavy rain and apocalyptic scenes adopted. An accurate resolution by the race administration to cease qualifying.
1 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull 1:10.436s 1:10.162s 1:10.727s
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:10.472s 1:10.303s 1:11.021s
3 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:10.551s 1:10.375s 1:11.344s
4 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:10.557s 1:10.237s 1:11.387s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:10.604s 1:10.266s 1:11.469s
6 George Russell Mercedes 1:10.340s 1:10.316s 1:11.590s
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:10.623s 1:10.021s 1:11.987s
8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:10.624s 1:10.254s 1:11.989s
9 Sergio Pérez Crimson Bull 1:10.668s 1:10.219s 1:12.321s
10 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:10.519s 1:10.330s
11 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:10.475s 1:10.547s
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:10.763s 1:10.562s
13 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:10.793s 1:10.567s
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:10.602s 1:10.723s
15 Alexander Albon Williams 1:10.621s 1:10.840s
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:10.837s
17 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri 1:10.843s
18 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:10.955s
19 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:11.035s
20 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:11.275s
Extra F1 information:– Lewis Hamilton seems within the F1 paddock in Brazil with a placing Ayrton Senna outfit– F1 skilled: “Put a famous person like Fernando Alonso subsequent to Max Verstappen as a teammate at Crimson Bull”– FIA takes measures towards ‘harmful conditions within the pit lane’– F1 responds to rumors about cancellation of Abu Dhabi GP: “The race will proceed as ordinary”– Felipe Massa: “I can’t go to the Brazilian GP, I respect the authorized state of affairs”