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Formula One: Rosberg continues run of Pole Positions in Brazil qualifying

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Nico Rosberg has qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlargos; continuing his run of front row qualifications that has now extended to 5 in a row.

Rosberg out-qualified his team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just 78 thousandths of a second, with Rosberg seeming to be the driver who could put in the slightly tidier laps throughout the sessions that would end up giving him the edge. Thankfully for Hamilton, he wouldn’t fall any lower than 2nd, with Sebastian Vettel a full half a second further back from the Mercedes pair.

Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen qualified 4th and 5th on the grid. With the pair having come into contact with each other in both the Russian and Mexican Grand Prix recently, it could be quite an exciting contest between the two of them should they come across each other in the race. Sadly for Bottas he will start down in 7th after getting a 3 place grid penalty for Red Flag infringements in practice.

2010 Brazilian Grand Prix pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg once again showed his great pace at Interlargos to take 6th in qualifying, just ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull and home hero Felipe Massa; with the trio all being promoted up a position thanks to Bottas’ penalty.

Embedded image permalinkDaniel Ricciardo put the second Red Bull in 9th at the end of qualifying, but he will start down in 19th after a 10 place grid penalty for engine component changes prior to the session. This moved Max Verstappen up into 9th place. with Felipe Nasr taking 10th. The second Brazilian driver on the grid managed to annoy fellow countryman Felipe Massa during Q1 after holding him up on a flying lap; no penalty would follow for Nasr however.

McLaren were once again unable to make it out of the first session, with Fernando Alonso’s car suffering mechanical issues for the second day in a row as he stopped out on track. Both Alonso and his team-mate Jenson Button didn’t seem to be too annoyed however as they both sneaked onto the podium to wave to the crowds. Alonso commented that the pair thought that they wouldn’t get closer to the podium then they were when they walked past it, so they decided to make the most of the opportunity.

2015 Brazilian Grand Prix grid:

POS

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1’11.282

Q3

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1’11.360

Q3

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1’11.804

Q3

4

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1’12.144

Q3

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

1’12.265

Q3

6

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull

1’12.322

Q3

7

Valtteri Bottas*

Williams

1’12.085

Q3

8

Felipe Massa

Williams

1’12.415

Q3

9

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso

1’12.739

Q3

10

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

1’12.989

Q2

11

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

1’13.045

Q2

12

Sergio Perez

Force India

1’13.147

Q2

13

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

1’13.233

Q2

14

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

1’13.913

Q2

15

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

1’13.385

Q1

16

Jenson Button

McLaren

1’13.425

Q1

17

Alexander Rossi

Manor

1’16.151

Q1

18

Will Stevens

Manor

1’16.283

Q1

19

Daniel Ricciardo**

Red Bull

1’12.417

Q3

20

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

No time

Q1

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Jordan Groves
Jordan Groves
18 years old, UK. Formula One & Formula E Correspondent for RTR Sports. Fan of Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, IndyCar, BTCC and many more! Follow me on Twitter: @jgroves1996

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