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GP Brazil 2015 - Qualifying result: Rosberg takes pole

GP Brazil 2015 (qualifying)
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N ico Rosberg continues to swim on the wave of success. In qualifying for the Brazilian GP, ​​he snatched pole position from his toughest rival Lewis Hamilton for the fifth time in a row. Rosberg's best time of 1: 11.282 minutes was hardly in danger. In the first attempt he poured the world champion a tenth and also on the second attempt he left Hamilton 0.078 seconds behind. Rosberg was already on pole in Interlagos last year, but then set the record with 1: 10.023 minutes.

Hamilton taunts again

'I'm very happy,' said a grinning man Rosberg. 'It was still difficult in Q2. Everything worked out in Q3. The last lap was at the limit, I had a few twists and turns. First place is the best starting position. We also did a good job on Friday for the race. I am confident , as far as strategy is concerned. But we also have to keep an eye on the red cars behind us. '

Lewis Hamilton could not resist small taunts again. There is no need to worry for him, even if he lost the qualifying duel again. 'I won the most poles this year and the world championship,' he said confidently. What he has not yet achieved is a triumph in Interlagos. 'My main task is done this year. It is not the most important goal, but clearly a goal. Last year I was strong in the race, I hope I can do that tomorrow.'

Sebastian Vettel turned out to be Silver arrow hunters as safe bank again. He is still fighting for second place in the drivers' championship with Rosberg. Compared to the practice sessions, Ferrari was able to make up some ground. The best time was 0.522 seconds short.

'More was not possible,' said Vettel. 'I thought after Q2 when I was three tenths behind Lewis it could get closer. But we were able to improve compared to yesterday. The race is often crazy here. You don't know exactly what the weather is doing. And now I have to first manipulate the lottery pot for the gridboys and gridgirls so that I can draw a girl for tomorrow. '

Bottas and Ricciardo with a penalty

Behind that, it could have been explosive. Because Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen are listed in the times table in fourth and fifth place. The two Finns last got in each other's way in Mexico. But Bottas has to start three places down from seven because he's inOvertook training under the red flag on Friday. As a result, Raikkonen, Nico Hülkenberg and Daniil Kvyat move up. With his good performance, Hülkenberg once again demonstrated his preference for the Brazilian racetrack.

With Bottas being relocated, there are only Williams racers on the fourth row of the grid. Felipe Massa did not get any further despite the home advantage. Daniel Ricciardo actually follows in ninth place. However, because the Australian is on the road with a new version of the Renault engine, he has to start ten places further down from 19 and thus gives Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso the starting position.

Felipe Nasr made it in his first home race Career does not make it into the third qualifying phase. The Sauber driver had to admit defeat to his compatriot Massa by a little more than a tenth of a second. And on top of that, he got a three-place penalty for obstructing the Williams driver in Q1. He therefore started the race from 13th place. Carlos Sainz was left behind in the internal Toro Rosso duel against Verstappen and only turned the twelfth fastest lap. Due to the relocations he is still in fifth row next to the Dutchman.

Alonso again with engine failure

Sergio Perez in Force India and Marcus Ericsson in Sauber also move up. Romain Grosjean had a mixed afternoon. The Lotus driver spun off the track and started the race in 14th place, one place ahead of teammate Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan already missed the second qualifying round. Jenson Button, the two Manor drivers Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens and Fernando Alonso shared the same fate.

The Spaniard had to give up after just nine minutes. 'Stop immediately,' he was told over the radio from the McLaren command post. He stopped at turn 11. Alonso couldn't even complete a timed lap. It's the second engine problem this weekend. Most recently, he capitulated in the second practice session on Friday afternoon.

Alonso now seems to have gallows humor. First he sunbathed with his eyes closed in a folding chair on the track while the car was recovered. Back in the paddock, he posed on the podium with Button, grinning.


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