Lewis Hamilton made an early exit from the Brazilian GP qualifying session after crashing his Mercedes in to the wall on his out lap, bringing out the red flag
Lewis Hamilton is set to start the Brazilian GP at the back of the grid after a spectacular crash in qualifying.
The world champion, taking part in his first qualifying session since securing the 2017 title, lost control of his Mercedes on his first flying lap in Q1 and failed to set a time.
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Bottas on pole after Hamilton crash
Hamilton, who has been in supreme form all weekend, was exiting the high-speed Turn Six when he span into the barriers, making a mess of his W08’s front left tyre.
“It’s very unusual from me but it shows we are all human and things happen,” said Hamilton.
“Of course it’s unfortunate. I tend to just look at it as challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful.
“I just need to take whatever bubble of negativity comes from that experience and move forwards and try and grow from it.”
Brazilian GP Qualifying Timesheet Driver Team Time 1) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.322 2) Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 0.038 3) Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 0.2016 4) Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.603 5) Daniel Ricciardo * Red Bull + 1.008 6) Sergio Perez Force India + 1.276 7) Fernando Alonso McLaren + 1.295 8) Nico Hulkenberg Renault + 1.381 9) Carlos Sainz Renault + 1.483 10) Felipe Massa Williams + 1.519 Out in Q2 11) Esteban Ocon Force India + 1.336 12) Romain Grosjean Haas + 1.385 13) Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren + 1.622 14) Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1.660 15) Brendon Hartley * Toro Rosso No time set Out in Q1 16) Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:10.678 17) Pierre Gasly * Toro Rosso 1:10.686 18) Lance Stroll * Williams 1:10.776 19) Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:10.875 20) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes No time set * Grid penalties to be taken
It was the first time Hamilton has exited Saturday’s shootout so early since last year’s Belgian GP, when he was preparing for grid penalties, while he hadn’t crashed out of Q1 since the 2014 German GP.
“He carried so much speed in there and the back end just wouldn’t live with it,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle. “There just wasn’t enough grip. That would have caught him out and surprised him, big time.”
The Englishman took some time to respond to his team’s questions over team radio following the dramatic collision, but eventually reported that he was “OK” and emerged from his car unharmed.
Mercedes now face a long night working to repair Hamilton’s car for the race, with Sky F1’s Paul di Resta of the belief that the driver will have to take a new gearbox due to the damage incurred.
Whatever happens, Hamilton will either start at the very back of the grid or the pit lane, despite other drivers’ grid penalties, as he was the only man not to have posted a time in the session.
But the four-time world champion insists he is still looking forward to the challenge with the pressure off.
“I will try to have as much fun as possible tomorrow,” Hamilton added. “Years ago I came from quite far behind and had a great race.”
Lewis Hamilton’s lowest grid positions Grand Prix Starting position Finishing position 2010 Malaysia GP 20 6 2012 Spanish GP 24 8 2014 German GP 20 3 2014 Hungarian GP 22 3 2016 Chinese GP 22 7 2016 Belgian GP 21 3
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