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2015 F1 Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Brazilian GP pole - BBC Sport

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Brazilian GP pole

By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer at Interlagos

Brazilian Grand Prix
Venue: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Dates: 13-15 November
Coverage: Live TV, radio and text coverage of the race. Full coverage details.
Nico Rosberg took his fifth consecutive pole position as he edged a battle with Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian GP.

Rosberg beat Hamilton by just 0.078 seconds as the Mercedes drivers were half a second clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas fourth.

Bottas will drop three places after a penalty for a practice transgression.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat will benefit from his error.

McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button provided entertainment as they made light of their struggles.

Alonso sunbathed out on track and winked at the television cameras after his engine failed before he had managed a single flying lap.

And after Button qualified 17th, the two climbed on to the podium and jokingly waved at the crowd, to huge cheers.

After a dismal season for the team because of recurring problems with their Honda engine, Alonso joked: "I need to be a little bit more prepared next time and take the sun cream or something because it was quite hot out there.

"We passed that close to the podium and said we will not be that close again so let's take a picture."

Pressure for Hamilton "has gone"

Hamilton had come to Brazil determined to end Rosberg's run of poles, even if only one had ended in victory, and take his first win in the home country of his childhood hero Ayrton Senna.

But Rosberg won the first part of their battle, beating Hamilton on both their runs in the top 10 shoot-out.

Hamilton was 0.088secs adrift on their first laps and after Rosberg lowered his time by nearly 0.2secs to one minute 11.282secs on his final run, Hamilton again fractionally came up short.

"Nico is on fire," team boss Toto Wolff said. "For Lewis maybe some of the pressure is gone and whether that is good or not I don't know. But it is good going into next season."

Rosberg also may have a slight advantage in the first part of the race on Sunday (on BBC One from 15:20 GMT) as he drove conservatively on the set of tyres on which he set his best time in second qualifying, which he has to use to start the race.

Rosberg said: "Of course pleased with today. The last lap was very close to the edge."

Hamilton said he was not concerned about Rosberg's run of form in qualifying.

"It was good today. I got a good balance. At the end I didn't maximise the first sector but the other two sectors were OK.

"It is a circuit I haven't won at. Last year I was stronger in the race and I hope that will make the difference."

So close behind the Mercedes

Behind the Mercedes and Vettel, it was very close, with only 0.4secs separating Bottas in fourth from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in ninth.

Ricciardo's position, behind Kvyat in seventh and Williams driver Felipe Massa, was not great news for Red Bull, as the Australian was using an upgraded Renault engine for the first time and was not only slower than his sister car around the lap but also slower down the straights, according to team boss Christian Horner.

The new power-unit means Ricciardo will take a 10-place grid penalty for using too many this season.

Red Bull are to use Renault engine again next season, although this has not been officially confirmed, and it will be under a different relationship than their works partnership of the last few years. The engines may be given a different name.

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Full qualifying results for round 18 of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship (F1), the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.


1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 11.282s
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 11.360s
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 11.804s
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 12.085s*
5. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 12.144s
6. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 12.265s
7. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 12.322s
8. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 12.415s
9. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 12.417s**
10. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 12.739s

11. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 12.989s***
12. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 13.045s
13. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 13.147s
14. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 13.233s
15. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes 1m 13.913s

16. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 13.385s
17. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 13.425s
18. Alexander Rossi USA Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 16.151s
19. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 16.283s
20. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda no time

all times unofficial

* denotes driver due to take 3-place grid penalty (red flag infringement)
** denotes driver due to take 10-place grid penalty (engine change)
*** denotes driver due to take 3-place grid penalty (blocking)
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Full race results for round 18 of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship (F1), the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 71 laps 1hr 31m 09.090s
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes +07.7s
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari +14.2s
4. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari +47.5s
5. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes +1 lap
6. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
7. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault +1 lap
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes +1 lap
9. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap
10. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes +1 lap *

11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault +1 lap
12. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
13. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda +1 lap
15. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda +1 lap
16. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari +2 lap
17. Will Stevens GBR Manor-Ferrari +4 laps
18. Alexander Rossi USA Manor-Ferrari +4 laps

Rtd Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 0 laps completed

Dsq Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes tyres above permitted temperature

* Maldonado given five second post-race penalty as punishment for causing a collision with Marcus Ericsson. He retains position.

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