Live ticker Formula 1: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos



Q2 ended

Q2 has ended. In addition to Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi are also leaving.



Lewis Hamilton’s new best time in Q2

Lewis Hamilton improves his best time again and shows a 1: 08.068. Valtteri Bottas is the new runner-up ahead of Verstappen.



Vettel is out

Sebastian Vettel can improve, but it remains behind the top ten. It only goes from 13 to 12.



Alonso opens second run

Fernando Alonso is back on track and opens the second run in Q2. At the moment the Spaniard is ninth and therefore not sure any further.



Who’s out right now?

A good four minutes remain in Q2. Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, Sebastian Vettel as well as Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi are currently eliminated.



Lewis Hamilton’s new best time in Q2

Lewis Hamilton is also quick in his second run and can take first place with a 1: 08.386. Like most of the field, Max Verstappen is currently in the pits.



Vettel starts with twelfth place

Sebastian Vettel is twelfth after his first lap and would have been eliminated at the moment. Lewis Hamilton would also be out, but he is now on the next fast lap.



New best time for Max Verstappen in Q2

Max Verstappen crosses the line a little later and shows a 1: 08.567. That would make him the fastest if the Hamilton lap had been counted.



Hamilton time deleted

Lewis Hamilton has the best time for a short time, but then the fast time is canceled. He had passed the barrier.



It’s going on the fast laps

Now it’s the first time in Q2 in the fast laps. Is Lewis Hamilton now easily leaving Max Verstappen behind or does the Red Bull man find an answer?



Mercedes gets started

In the end, more than three minutes pass before the first cars leave the garages. The Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Bottas go out first. After that it goes quickly and other vehicles begin Q2.



Who will start?

There is no great hurry in the field. After two minutes in Q2, there is still no car on the track.



Q2 started

Start of Q2! For the next 15 minutes, the drivers will fight for a place in Q3.



Q1 ended

Q1 is over and the last laps have been completed! Antonio Giovinazzi saves himself in the last second in Q2. Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, George Russell as well as Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have left. Vettel makes it into Q2 as 14th.



Improvement from Vettel

Sebastian Vettel can also improve again and is currently improving to ninth place. With that, Q2 should actually be safe for him.



Improvement from Vettel

Sebastian Vettel can also improve again and is currently improving to ninth place. With that, Q2 should actually be safe for him.



Leclerc jumps to third place

This time, Charles Leclerc finishes his lap without exceeding the track limits and can improve accordingly. It moves up to third place. For Vettel it goes back to 15th place.



Mercedes drives out again

While Sainz, Verstappen, Gasly and Tsunoda stay in the pits and watch the final minutes on TV, Hamilton and Bottas go out again for a few test laps. You’re on used softs.



It goes into the final minutes

The first cars leave their garages and roll back onto the track. There are still a good four minutes until the end of Q1. Russell, Schumacher, Giovinazzi, Mazepin and Leclerc are currently eliminated.



Vettel in 14th place

Sebastian Vettel finished 14th in the interim ranking after his first run. So he’ll have to go out one more time to make sure that Q2 will work out. Mick Schumacher is currently on a solid 17th place.



Sainz new second

Great performance from Carlos Sainz! The Ferrari driver drove the first run on used softs and was therefore relatively far behind, but now it is up to second place with fresh softs. Hamilton is only 0.222 seconds short. Team-mate Leclerc was also well ahead for a short time, but his lap was canceled a little later because the track limits were exceeded.



Bottas doesn’t come close either

Nor did Valtteri Bottas come close to Hamilton in the second Mercedes. He was 0.555 seconds short of his teammate, which meant he had to position himself behind Verstappen.



Lewis Hamilton sets new best time in Q1

What if that’s not an announcement from Lewis Hamilton ?! The Briton burns the absolute best time in all three sectors and at the end of his lap is half a second ahead of Verstappen.



New best time for Max Verstappen in Q1

Max Verstappen marks a new best time in Q1 with a 1: 09.329, but cannot yet clearly stand out from Lando Norris. The Dutchman was 0.208 seconds faster. The Mercedes drivers have just gone on their outlaps.



New best time for Lando Norris in Q1

First Stroll sits down in front of Gasly, but a little later he too has to vacate his leadership position. Lando Norris takes first position with a 1: 09.547.



First lap times are

The first lap times in training have been set. Pierre Gasly is currently leading the ranking with a 1: 10.062. Behind it then follow the Ferrari. Mick Schumacher is only once fourth and easily leaves Latifi and Nikita behind. Sebastian Vettel is about to go on the first fast lap and Verstappen has just finished the outlap. Mercedes is still in the pits with both drivers.



Much already on the line

Shortly after the start of qualifying, many drivers are already on the track. As a reminder: on a sprint weekend, soft tires are compulsory in qualifying in all three segments.



Start Qualifying

The lights are green and qualifying has started in São Paulo. The conditions are still relatively fresh with only 25 degrees track temperature and 15 degrees outside temperature. The probability of rain is 40 percent. In the first practice session there were always a few drops, but the track never got really wet.


Here is driven

At 4.309 kilometers, the Autódromo José Carlos Pace is the fourth shortest route on the F1 calendar. Only Monaco, Zandvoort and Mexico are even shorter. In addition, at 800 meters above sea level, the course is the second highest after Mexico City. The many changes in altitude are characteristic of the route. A special feature of the Interlagos Grand Prix circuit is the fact that the circuit is driven counter-clockwise.


Close constructors’ championship

In the constructors’ championship, it’s not just between Mercedes and Red Bull that things are close, which are currently only separated by one point. Ferrari and McLaren duel for third place in the standings. After the race in Mexico, it is the Ferrari team which has the better cards and is in third place. The two teams are separated by 13.5 points. After the first practice session, it looks like Ferrari has the better cards here too.


Vettel misses Top Ten button

Sebastian Vettel narrowly missed the top ten in the first training session. The Aston Martin driver found himself in twelfth place, but was only 0.061 seconds behind team-mate Stroll in tenth place. Mick Schumacher took a good 16th place.


Hamilton wins 1st practice

In the first practice session, Lewis Hamilton was the strongest driver on the track in Brazil. The Mercedes driver confidently relegated challenger Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Pérez to positions two and three. However, Red Bull set its best times on the soft earlier and concentrated on the long runs at the end of the session. So it is quite possible that the two teams are actually closer together.


Starting place penalty for Hamilton

The weekend started with a damper for Hamilton: The Brit got a new combustion engine for his Mercedes. Because he is exceeding the permitted maximum, there will be a penalty transfer by five places on the starting grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday. The starting place penalties are irrelevant for the sprint.


World championship fight remains exciting

There are only four races left this season and the championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton remains exciting. Before the weekend in Brazil, Verstappen is 19 points ahead of his rival in the Mercedes. Behind it there is a big gap to Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel is twelfth in the World Cup, Mick Schumacher is still waiting for his first point in Formula 1.


After Silverstone and Monza, the Brazilian GP is heading into the third sprint qualifying of the season. Therefore, the regular qualifying takes place on Friday in order to allocate the starting places for Saturday. It starts at 8 p.m.!

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