Rosberg beats Hamilton to Brazilian Grand Prix pole

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Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to secure his tenth pole position of the year during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s lap of 1:10.023 was enough to edge his title rival Hamilton to pole by just 0.033s.

Hamilton had snatched provisional pole with his final run, despite a small lock-up, but Rosberg, running behind him on track, improved to knock the Englishman off the top spot.

The German’s 10th pole of the season ensures that he will walk away with this year’s inaugural pole position trophy.

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ran the Mercedes team-mates close for pole but the Williams drivers ultimately had to settle for third and fourth after both failed to improve on their final runs.

Jenson Button was fifth fastest for McLaren, ahead of Sebastian Vettel by just eighth thousandths of a second.

Kevin Magnussen was seventh in the second McLaren, ahead of Fernando Alonso in eighth, while Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10 at Interlagos.

Esteban Gutierrez, without a drive for 2015, was 11th, just three-tenths shy of a spot in Q3, but ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil in the sister Sauber.

The two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were 14th and 16th, the pair split by Romain Grosjean in the Lotus, although the Russian is still to serve the remainder of his engine penalty.

Sergio Perez, who missed all of Friday’s running after Daniel Juncadella crashed his car, was 17th.

However, the Mexican will start from the back owing to the penalty he picked up for colliding with Sutil on the opening lap in the US Grand Prix.

Pastor Maldonado rounded out the order in 18th for Lotus.

Image courtesy of Daimler

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