Mercedes driver changed components on the W12 and will pay for it, but only on Sunday
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in this Friday’s qualifying on Saturday in qualifying for Saturday’s sprint race where pole position for this weekend’s Brazilian GP will be decided.
The current World Cup runner-up Formula 1 racer pulverized the competition throughout the day, being quickest in the only free practice session and then unreachable in qualifying leading every round and exploding to a tremendous time in Q3.
Hamilton’s ‘impulse’ on the Interlagos track is also his ‘if’, as Mer’s Englishman cedes came to São Paulo with a new internal combustion engine in his W12 and this replacement of components will cost him a penalty of five places on the grid.
But that penalty will only be taken on the starting grid for Sunday’s race – which will be defined by this Saturday’s sprint race. And for now, Hamilton takes the lead, with Verstappen beside him in the front row.
Result of this Friday’s qualification -fair:
🏁 Q3 CLASSIFICATION 🏁
A solid session for @LewisHamilton 👊#BrazilGP 🇧🇷 #F1 pic.twitter.com/tjcphP00Y9
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 12, 2021