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Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Saturday 24th November 2012

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Sat: McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Sat: McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Brazilian GP after edging Jenson Button and the two Red Bull racers...

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "Pole! What a great feeling! It's been a fantastic weekend so far. We don't yet know for certain what the weather conditions will be like tomorrow, but I hope that both Jenson and I will be able to push for victory. I've usually started from fourth grid position at Interlagos, and it hasn't always given me much success. Before qualifying, I told Martin [Whitmarsh] that I really didn't want to start fourth this time. All in all, I'm very proud and happy that I got pole. Jenson and I are in the best possible starting positions for tomorrow. However, if it's wet, the lead car is the always the first to aquaplane or hit the puddles, so, even if we both get good starts, we'll still need to be cautious. Equally, however, I don't want to drop back at the start because it would then be very difficult to see in all the spray. We haven't had a one-two in a race for quite a long time [Canada 2010], so it would be a great positive for the team if we could achieve it tomorrow. It would be my perfect farewell, in fact."

Jenson Button: "It's great for us to both be on the front row, especially as it's Lewis's last grand prix for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. Our car is working very well. I was just half-a-tenth away from pole, and I reckon we both drove very good laps. So, yes, I'm happy with qualifying. From the front row, you always hope you're going to drive a calm and orderly race - but it looks like it's going to rain tomorrow, so that may make things rather less predictable. This race is important for us. Obviously, we're out of contention for the world championships, but this weekend's and last weekend's performances are very encouraging for next year, which will become our focus immediately after tomorrow's race."

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "We got the most out of that, but it was disappointing not to get onto the front row. I thought the lap would be enough, but we were a tenth off; it's always tight here in qualifying. In the last race of the season it would have been good to get pole, but fair play to McLaren. We don't know what the weather will do tomorrow, and if all of the race laps will be on intermediate or wet tyres - we need to plan that some might be on slicks too. You never know what will happen here with the weather."

Sebastian Vettel: "Q2 was good for us, but I made a mistake on the first lap of Q3 in Turn 4. I was happier with the second lap in Q3, but it wasn't quick enough. I could have done a little bit more, so I'm keen to see the data when I get back and see where I could have improved. We're in good shape and have been quick all weekend, so let's see what we can do in the race - we will try to do our best."

Ferrari:
Felipe Massa: "It was a good qualifying: in Q3 I did a perfect lap, the most I could do with what I had. McLaren and Red Bull are quicker than us, but I am very pleased with the balance of my car. Now we must stay focused on the race, which will be anything but easy. Rain is expected and so anything can happen. In these conditions, just making it to the finish will be an achievement. Surprised at my position? Maybe some people might think I've just learned to drive at the age of thirty one, but joking apart, this is a result of the fact that from the mid-season onwards I have found myself ever more comfortable with the car and I have confidence in it to push hard. My approach to this race will be very simple: I will try to do my utmost for my home crowd and for Ferrari. I have a great car, even if it's not the quickest in qualifying, but it is competitive in the race."

Fernando Alonso: "I'm not surprised at this position, because it's not as though we can expect a revolution in performance terms in the space of a week. I think I did a good qualifying and, given how the last few races have gone, my chances of making it to the podium are still intact. That will be my objective because I know that, at least under normal circumstances, we are not in with a chance of fighting for the win. I also know that, if I am to have any hopes for the title, it's more plausible to count on a retirement for Vettel rather than for him to finish in a position where I can get ahead of him in the classification. Obviously, I am therefore hoping for a chaotic race and so the rain could be an important factor even if, in the wet, it is riskier for everyone. The car is not particularly set up for the wet, as it's not like it used to be. Felipe in front of me? He did a great qualifying, above the norm, so it's to be expected. It's almost a miracle to have arrived at the last race still in the fight for the title: under normal circumstances I think we would have said goodbye to our chances back in Monza or Singapore. However, here we are, still in the game and we are definitely not going to surrender today."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "I'm happy with the qualifying result today. Q1 was a bit close at the end because of the traffic, but the car felt good. It was very consistent and quick which meant we were able to push hard in the top 10. We have continued the form from the last few races, so things are looking good for the team in this race."

Bruno Senna: "We were optimistic of getting into Q3 today, but unfortunately as the weather got hotter it wasn't the best conditions for the car, and we were doing slower lap times than this morning's practice session. We made a few decisions before qualifying based on the fact that we were expecting the track to be a bit cooler, but ultimately that wasn't the case. P12 isn't a bad position to start in at Interlagos though, so we're in a good position to score points tomorrow. "

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