Friday Report – Sprint pole

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in Friday’s qualifying in Brazil, so he will start on pole in Saturday’s 24 lap sprint qualifying race that will set the grid for Sunday’s full-length grand prix. The fastest 15 drivers who moved on to Q2 were: Hamilton, Bottas, Sainz, Leclerc, Perez, Verstappen, Giovinazzi, Gasly, Tsunoda, Norris, Ricciardo, Alonso, Ocon, Vettel and Raikkonen. Verstappen was second ahead of Bottas, Gasly and Leclerc. Tenth and on the bubble with four minutes to go was Norris, and Alonso was ninth while Ocon was 11th. When it got quiet again, the five drivers who were eliminated at the end of Q2 were: Ocon, Vettel, Tsunoda, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi. The fastest 10 drivers who moved on to Q3 were: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Gasly, Perez, Norris, Sainz, Ricciardo and Alonso. Verstappen took second ahead of Bottas, Perez, Gasly, Sainz, Norris, Alonso, Ricciardo and Leclerc. Verstappen held on to second ahead of Bottas, Perez, Gasly, Sainz, Leclerc, Norris, Ricciardo and Alonso.

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