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.
Daniel 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: