Bottas takes pole after Hamilton crashes out
Brazil Grand Prix - Qualifying

Bottas takes pole after Hamilton crashes out

Valtteri Bottas beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to pole position with a last-gasp effort in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, after newly-crowned Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out in the first session.

Bottas looks back on form in Brazil following his mid-season slump, and made the most of Mercedes teammate Hamilton's absence in Q3 to score his third career pole in F1. Vettel had sat on provisional pole following the first runs in Q3, but Bottas snatched the position from under the German's nose by just 0.038s with a 1:08.322 -- the fastest ever lap around Interlagos.

The Finn will start from the best possible position to try and close the 15-point gap to Vettel in the battle over second place in the championship, but he will have to do it without Hamilton's help -- at least at the start of the race -- with the Briton expected to start last after his shock exit in Q1.

Hamilton brought out the red flags just five minutes into Q1 when he crashed at Ferradura on his first flying lap. The recently-crowned four-time world champion lost the rear end of his Mercedes W08 midway through the corner, before spinning out and slamming into the barriers, causing significant damage to his front left suspension.

It is the first time since China last year that Hamilton has failed to set a lap time in Q1. Hamilton's absence threw the fight for pole wide open, following a dominant start to the weekend for Mercedes, with the reigning world champions topping all three practice sessions heading into qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen was 0.2s further back from Vettel and will start from third, ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who recovered well from a difficult final practice to claim fourth on the grid with a time just 0.5s off pole. Daniel Ricciardo set the fifth fastest time but will drop ten places from his qualifying position, having been forced to change his MGU-H heading into this weekend's race following his failure in Mexico.

That will promote Sergio Perez -- who qualified sixth as the sole-remaining Force India runner in Q3 -- to fifth place, while Fernando Alonso is set to start from sixth after qualifying seventh. The Spaniard impressed in what was an encouraging day for McLaren to make it into Q3 for the seventh time this year.

Behind Alonso came the Renault pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz, as the French manufacturer recovered from a low-key Friday to get both drivers into Q3. A strong qualifying result could prove crucial for the team if it can remain there come the end of Sunday's 71-lap race, with Renault sitting just five points behind Toro Rosso in the battle for sixth place in the constructors' championship. Home favourite Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten in what is expected to be his final Brazilian Grand Prix, following his recent retirement announcement.

Esteban Ocon was another shock absentee from Q3 as he failed to make it through to the final part of qualifying for the first time since Singapore, while Romain Grosjean was 12th fastest, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne and Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley did not set a time and was 15th, but the New Zealander -- who turned 28 on Friday -- is set to drop towards the back of the grid once his engine penalty is applied.

The opening segment of qualifying resumed after a 10-minute stoppage following Hamilton's crash, which allowed Lance Stroll to join the session with ten minutes remaining, after Williams successfully fixed his car following his stoppage in final practice. Stroll could only manage the 18th fastest time and will serve a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change following his stoppage in final practice.

Pascal Wehrlein missed out on a spot in Q2 by just 0.1s, but was able to out-qualify the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman set the 17th fastest time but is also set to take a penalty for changing his MGU-H. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was the slowest driver to set a time in 19th, finishing 0.2s down on teammate Wehrlein.

Related news

Ogier wins in Britain, Neuville retains overall lead

Ogier wins in Britain, Neuville retains overall lead

M-Sport's Sebastien Ogier capitalised on trouble for his World Rally Championship rivals Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville with a fifth Rally GB victory, fending off Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala.

Marc Marquez wins in spectacular last-lap battle

Marc Marquez wins in spectacular last-lap battle

Marc Marquez took victory in MotoGP's inaugural Thailand Grand Prix, passing chief rival Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap to take a step closer to the 2018 championship crown.

Lewis Hamilton on verge of title after Japan win, Sebastian Vettel sixth

Lewis Hamilton on verge of title after Japan win, Sebastian Vettel sixth

Lewis Hamilton has inched ever closer to a fifth world championship after dominating an incident-filled Japanese Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel once again hit trouble.

Tanak extends Rally GB lead, Ogier in second

Tanak extends Rally GB lead, Ogier in second

World Rally Championship title hopeful Ott Tanak has extended his Rally GB lead on Saturday morning, while Sebastien Ogier continued to jump up the order after a troubled Friday.

Valentino Rossi misses out on top spot to Marquez in Thailand Grand Prix qualifying

Valentino Rossi misses out on top spot to Marquez in Thailand Grand Prix qualifying

Valentino Rossi narrowly missed out on his second pole of the season on Saturday, coming in second just 0.011 of a second behind Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez in qualifying for the Thailand Grand Prix.

Hamilton on pole in Japan, Vettel ninth after Ferrari blunder

Hamilton on pole in Japan, Vettel ninth after Ferrari blunder

Lewis Hamilton pipped Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to pole position in Japan as Ferrari made yet another costly blunder, this time misjudging the weather conditions in Q3 and leaving Sebastian Vettel on the wrong tyres.

Lewis Hamilton fastest in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel closes the gap

Lewis Hamilton fastest in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel closes the gap

Sebastian Vettel closed the gap to Lewis Hamilton in the final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix, finishing the session 0.116s off his title rival.

Hamilton leads comfortable Mercedes one-two in second practice

Hamilton leads comfortable Mercedes one-two in second practice

Lewis Hamilton has capped off a dominant day for Mercedes at Suzuka by topping the timesheets in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton tops opening practice in Japan, Sebastian Vettel struggles

Lewis Hamilton tops opening practice in Japan, Sebastian Vettel struggles

It looks as though Lewis Hamilton will once again be the man to beat after comfortably topping the opening practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix as title-rival Sebastian Vettel struggled for pace.

RELATED NEWS

Ogier wins in Britain, Neuville retains overall lead
Rally Great Britain

Ogier wins in Britain, Neuville retains overall lead

M-Sport's Sebastien Ogier capitalised on trouble for his World Rally Championship rivals Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville with a fifth Rally GB victory, fending off Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala.

Marc Marquez wins in spectacular last-lap battle
Thailand Grand Prix

Marc Marquez wins in spectacular last-lap battle

Marc Marquez took victory in MotoGP's inaugural Thailand Grand Prix, passing chief rival Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap to take a step closer to the 2018 championship crown.

Lewis Hamilton on verge of title after Japan win, Sebastian Vettel sixth
Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton on verge of title after Japan win, Sebastian Vettel sixth

Lewis Hamilton has inched ever closer to a fifth world championship after dominating an incident-filled Japanese Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel once again hit trouble.

Tanak extends Rally GB lead, Ogier in second
Rally GB

Tanak extends Rally GB lead, Ogier in second

World Rally Championship title hopeful Ott Tanak has extended his Rally GB lead on Saturday morning, while Sebastien Ogier continued to jump up the order after a troubled Friday.

Valentino Rossi misses out on top spot to Marquez in Thailand Grand Prix qualifying
Thailand Grand Prix - Qualifying

Valentino Rossi misses out on top spot to Marquez in Thailand Grand Prix qualifying

Valentino Rossi narrowly missed out on his second pole of the season on Saturday, coming in second just 0.011 of a second behind Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez in qualifying for the Thailand Grand Prix.

Hamilton on pole in Japan, Vettel ninth after Ferrari blunder
Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Hamilton on pole in Japan, Vettel ninth after Ferrari blunder

Lewis Hamilton pipped Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to pole position in Japan as Ferrari made yet another costly blunder, this time misjudging the weather conditions in Q3 and leaving Sebastian Vettel on the wrong tyres.

Lewis Hamilton fastest in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel closes the gap
Japanese Grand Prix - FP3

Lewis Hamilton fastest in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel closes the gap

Sebastian Vettel closed the gap to Lewis Hamilton in the final practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix, finishing the session 0.116s off his title rival.

Hamilton leads comfortable Mercedes one-two in second practice
Japanese Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton leads comfortable Mercedes one-two in second practice

Lewis Hamilton has capped off a dominant day for Mercedes at Suzuka by topping the timesheets in second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton tops opening practice in Japan, Sebastian Vettel struggles
Japanese Grand Prix - FP1

Lewis Hamilton tops opening practice in Japan, Sebastian Vettel struggles

It looks as though Lewis Hamilton will once again be the man to beat after comfortably topping the opening practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix as title-rival Sebastian Vettel struggled for pace.

17/10/2018
01:30 | USA - Peru
03:30 | Mexico - Chile
10:00 | ATP 250 - Moscow
10:00 | ATP 250 - Antwerp
10:00 | ATP 250 - Stockholm
10:00 | WTA - Moscow
18/10/2018
01:30 | DC United - Toronto
01:30 | Orlando City - Seattle Sounders
04:00 | Vancouver Whitecaps - Sporting KC
10:00 | ATP 250 - Moscow
10:00 | ATP 250 - Antwerp
10:00 | ATP 250 - Stockholm
10:00 | WTA - Moscow
19/10/2018
03:00 | Real Salt Lake - New England
10:00 | ATP 250 - Moscow
10:00 | ATP 250 - Antwerp
10:00 | ATP 250 - Stockholm
10:00 | WTA - Moscow
17:00 | Formula 1 - United States Grand Prix - Free Practice 1
20:45 | Olympique Lyon - Nimes
20:45 | Sheffield Wednesday - Middlesbrough
21:00 | Formula 1 - United States Grand Prix - Free Practice 2
20/10/2018
08:10 | MotoGP - Grand Prix of Japan - Qualifying
10:00 | ATP 250 - Moscow
10:00 | ATP 250 - Antwerp
10:00 | ATP 250 - Stockholm
10:00 | WTA - Moscow
13:00 | Real Madrid - Levante
13:30 | Chelsea - Manchester United
15:00 | Roma - SPAL
15:30 | Bayer Leverkusen - Hannover 96
15:30 | Stuttgart - Borussia Dortmund
15:30 | Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich
16:00 | Manchester City - Burnley
16:00 | West Ham United - Tottenham Hotspur
16:00 | Brentford - Bristol City
16:15 | Valencia - Leganes
17:00 | PSG - Amiens
18:00 | Juventus - Genoa
18:30 | Villarreal - Atletico Madrid
18:30 | Huddersfield Town - Liverpool
18:30 | Schalke 04 - Werder Bremen
18:30 | Derby County - Sheffield United
20:00 | Strasbourg - Monaco
20:00 | Formula 1 - United States Grand Prix - Free Practice 3
20:30 | Udinese - Napoli
20:45 | Barcelona - Sevilla
23:00 | Formula 1 - United States Grand Prix - Qualifying
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Chelsea - Manchester United
Derby of the week
13:30
20/10/2018
Derby of the week
W 1.66    
   W 5.00
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
10:00 08-10-2018 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores