F1 2016: Lewis Hamilton claims Brazilian GP pole
Team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg qualifies second at the penultimate race of the year
The penultimate F1 race of the 2016 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, sees Mercedes team-mates and title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg closely matched. While it was Hamilton who edged ahead, managing to qualify on pole with a time of 1min 10.736sec, Rosberg had to stay content with second place, having clocked a time 0.102sec slower.
With the two Mercedes drivers locking out the front row of the grid, it does seem like the drivers' title for 2016 could be sealed at the Brazilian GP. Should Nico Rosberg manage to win the race...
Verstappen's car, pushed onto the sausage kerb at the Turn One chicane, ended up with its back wheel rolling over the top of his rival's Mercedes, narrowly missing Hamilton's head.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points at the top of the drivers' standings.
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