Nico Rosberg takes pole for Brazilian Grand Prix

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, making it his fifth pole in a row. Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel rounded up the top three.

At the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, German driver Nico Rosberg took pole position for sunday’s Grand Prix. In his Mercedes he lapped the 4.3km track in 1.11.282. It’s his fifth consecutive pole position this year.

His teammate, Lewis Hamilton was second fastest, a mere .078 of a second slower. Despite being faster in the earlier parts of qualifying, the newly crowned world champion couldn’t beat his teammate around this anti-clockwise circuit.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel took third spot for Ferrari, lapping seven tenths of a second slower than the Mercedes cars.

Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas took fourth place with a time of 1.12.085. He will not start in fourth place though, as he faces a three place grid penalty following an incident during free practice.

Fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen, in the second Ferrari was in fifth place. As a result of his countryman’s penalty he will join his teammate on the second row of the grid. Force India‘s Nico Hulkenberg set the sixth fastest time of the session, while Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and ninth respectively.

The Russian driver also faces a grid penalty, as an engine change causes him to start tomorrow’s race ten places further back. Eight place went to local hero Felipe Massa in his Williams. Eighteen year old Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen finished in an impressive tenth position.