Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins
• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penalty

Having sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix with a peerless lap at Interlagos. Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari was in second but faces a potential penalty that may cost him his place. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was in third.

Hamilton put in two sparkling laps, in the final session, neither of which could be matched and he took pole with a track record time of 1min 7.281sec.

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