Hamilton on pole in Brazil

24 Nov, 2012 8:24pm

Lewis Hamilton has qualified on pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of teammate Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton will start the final race of the season from pole position, having qualified less than a tenth of a second ahead of Jenson Button for a McLaren front-row lock-out in Sao Paulo.

This will be Hamilton's last race for McLaren before his move to Mercedes next year.

Mark Webber managed to outqualify his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, to take third, while the championship leader and reigning world champion will start the race from fourth.

Felipe Massa also managed to outqualify his teammate, Fernando Alonso, for the second weekend in a row. The Brazilian driver will start from fifth on the grid.

Pastor Maldonado was sixth fastest but will start down in 16th, after the stewards handed him a grid penalty for missing the weigh bridge during qualifying. As this was the Williams driver's third reprimand of 2012, it was automatically converted into a 10-place grid penalty.

This means that Nico Hulkenberg inherits sixth place on the grid, and will start ahead of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg.

Paul di Resta missed out on a spot in the final qualifying session and will start from 10th. Bruno Senna will start 11th, ahead of Sergio Perez, Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi.

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will start from 15th and 17th respectively for Toro Rosso.

Romain Grosjean's qualifying session was brought to an early end, when he collided with the back of Pedro de la Rosa during Q1. Grosjean was trying to overtake the HRT on the inside heading towards the start/finish line. He managed to crawl back to the pits for a new nose, but he couldn't improve on his time. This means he will start the race from 18th.

Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen will start from 19th and 20th respectively, ahead of the Marussias of Timo Glock and Charles Pic. Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa will again share the final row of the grid for HRT.

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix grid

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1'12.458
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1'12.513
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1'12.581
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1'12.760
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1'12.987
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1'13.206
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1'13.253
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1'13.298
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1'13.489
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1'14.121
11 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1'14.219
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1'14.234
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1'14.334
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1'14.380
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1'14.574
16 Pastor Maldonado* Williams-Renault 1'13.174
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1'14.619
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1'16.967
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1'17.073
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1'17.086
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1'17.508
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1'18.104
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1'19.576
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1'19.699

107 per cent time: 1'20.330

* 10-place grid penalty for missing the weigh bridge during qualifying