F1 2021 Sao Paulo GP Qualifying Results – Hamilton takes sprint pole

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Q1, Q2 and Q3 as his Mercedes blew away the opposition in Brazil


Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1 qualifying for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix sprint race and was quickest in all sessions, taking pole position for Saturday’s event in Brazil. 

Mercedes decided to put a new internal combustion engine (ICE) in Hamilton’s car, thus the seven-time champion will incur a five-place grid penalty for the race, but before that he will start from the front of the grid in Sprint Qualifying

Hamilton’s F1 title rival and leader of the Drivers’ Championship Max Verstappen was second, almost half a second behind the Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top three. 

At the back of the grid, Williams driver George Russell was out qualified by teammate Nicholas Latifi for the first time this season.

Full 2021 F1 Sao Paulo GP Qualifying Results

Pos.DriverTeamQ3 Lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:07.934
2Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.438
3Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.535
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.549
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.843
6Carlos SainzFerrari+0.892
7Charles LeclercFerrari+1.026
8Lando NorrisMcLaren+1.046
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.105
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine+1.179
11Esteban OconAlpineEliminated Q2
12Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated Q2
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriEliminated Q2
14Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated Q2
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa RomeoEliminated Q2
16Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated Q1
17Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated Q1
18George RussellWilliamsEliminated Q1
19Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated Q1
20Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated Q1
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