Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

Mercedes released a statement following Hamilton's incident.

Less than a tenth of a second separated the top four drivers in final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas just edging his teammate Lewis Hamilton and the two Ferrari drivers to the fastest time.

Hamilton had been due to line up 20th on the grid on Sunday, requiring approval from the stewards to race after technically failing to qualify for the race. "First of all I'm happy everyone is in one piece and nothing physical happened to anyone but it was a pretty bad situation to be in, and I'm happy everybody is still here. I tend to just look at it as challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful", Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"However, it was very close, and we're usually even closer in race conditions, so my motivation is high for tomorrow and I'll being aiming for a win".

The Brazilian Grand Prix is one which sits fondly in the minds of most due to Autordomo Jose Carlos Pace producing close racing, memorable championship deciding moments and an atmosphere of pure passion.

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Vettel had to settle for second spot ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the German was left to reflect on a missed opportunity.

"I am still a bit shaken, but it is a good feeling".

"It was a shame that Lewis is out, a shame for us, but I stood up for the team and it is good to start from pole position here".

Vettel, who is 15 points ahead of third-placed Bottas in the title race, admitted he did not commit fully to his lap. "I was happy with my auto today, but in my last run, I was perhaps a bit too shy in braking for the first corner".

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