Kevin Magnussen claims a shock pole position for the first time as the Haas driver takes advantage of George Russell beaching his Mercedes in rainy conditions to secure first place in the sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen will start on pole position for Saturday’s sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix after providing the biggest shock of the Formula One season. Magnussen will start Saturday’s 24-lap dash – which determines the grid for Sunday’s main event – ahead of world champion Max Verstappen, with George Russell third. Leclerc did not post a time and was forced to pit for slick tyres. Magnussen will start at the very front of the grid for the first time in his career. Magnussen sets the fastest lap time so far, as Leclerc heads into the pit to change on to slick tyres like the rest of the field. Plenty of time left, but Hamilton’s first lap puts him in the bottom five. An excellent lap time of 1:18.051 puts Hamilton top ahead of Verstappen in second, Alonso in third and Schumacher in fourth. Carlos Sainz finishes his first lap time 0.165 seconds behind Leclerc and overtakes Gasly.

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