The provisional Brazilian GP grid

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen

The provisional Brazilian GP grid

Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position, the second of his F1 career, while his former team-mate Carlos Sainz is P20.

Verstappen dominated Saturday’s qualifying at the Interlagos circuit, beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to pole by 0.123s.

Lewis Hamilton qualified his W10 in third place while Valtteri Bottas will line up fourth, benefitting from Charles Leclerc’s grid penalty.

The Ferrari driver was fourth on Saturday but drops to 14th after an engine failure during the United States weekend meant his SF90 was fitted with a brand new power unit for the Interlagos race.

Meanwhile Sainz will start from the very back of the grid as he was not able to set a lap time in qualifying.

The McLaren driver lost power on his installation lap and returned to the pits without a time on the board.

“It annoys me a lot as it was a day where we could qualify at the front and have a good race, and now it’s going to take a lot [to get a good result],” he told Movistar+.

The provisional grid (9am GMT)
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:07.508
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.123s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.191s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.366s
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 0.427s
6 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1.329s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.346s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.476s
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.529s
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:08.868
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:08.903
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:08.919
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:08.921
14 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.220s *
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:09.035
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:09.320
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:09.536
18 George Russell Williams 1:10.126
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:10.614
20 Carlos Sainz McLaren no time set **

* Leclerc penalised 10 places for use of additional power unit element
** Sainz races at stewards’ discretion after not setting a time in qualifying

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