Carlos Sainz dropped out of qualifying in Q1 after the Renault driver was caught out by a late flurry of lap times that saw him slip down the order.
Sebastian Vettel has been fined and reprimanded, but escaped a grid penalty, at the Brazilian GP after a stewards investigation into his conduct at the weighbridge during qualifying. The last lap wasn't that great, if I'm honest.
"I still have a mission here and I still want to win".
In his previous 11 visits, Hamilton has won only once and taken pole only twice - a moderate record for arguably the sport's fastest qualifying driver.
"I was making sure I had the gap to the driver in front, but then all of a sudden I saw a auto coming out of Turn 11 at high speed so I was like 'oh my God is that someone on a flying lap?'"
With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points. "We all know to keep a gap". IndyCar-bound Marcus Ericsson impressively out-qualified Charles Leclerc, who will join Ferrari next year.Romain Grosjean claimed ninth position for Haas ahead of Pierre Gasly, with Toro Rosso running the upgraded Honda engine this weekend.More news: United Kingdom junior transport minister quits over 'terrible mistake' of Brexit deal
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With team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne last of all, the only auto Alonso could beat was the Williams of Lance Stroll.
Hamilton switched to full Mercedes business however in time for his press conference - in white, branded shirt and cap - where he threatened to leave F1 if the calendar became too bloated.
The German knocked over a cone in front of the scales and then could be seen clapping his hands for the officials to speed up the process during his weighing, as he wanted to quickly make it to the Ferrari garage to change to soft tyres in the changing conditions.
"We have done a lot of work to make sure the auto is in the best way we could".
"I didn't know whether or not I had the pole".
"I lost it in Turn Eight", said Vettel.
VIP guests: Burrowing owls are a fixture trackside at Interlagos Hulkenberg crashed into the barriers at Turn 13 during Friday's practice session Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa were reunited at the scene of their famous title battle of 2008 "Hmmm, these don't seem right - has Seb been using them, guys?"