Hartley in 17th place for Brazil Grand Prix

Bottas ready to step up

Lewis Hamilton says that Formula 1 needs to do more to protect the teams after some of the Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint while travelling back to their hotel on Friday evening.

The harrowing incidents - which are likely to raise security concerns ahead of the penultimate round of the season here in Brazil - mark the second time in a little more than 12 months a Mercedes' staff member has been robbed at gun point.

Hamilton, who clinched his fourth Formula One title at the last race in Mexico, lost control of his Mercedes at 260km/h through turn seven of the Interlagos circuit before thudding into the tyre barrier. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will join the Finn on the front row of the starting grid with his Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen third and Red Bull's Max Verstappen fourth.

Despite his solid performance in FP2, Ricciardo faces an uphill battle after receiving a 10-place grid penalty for using an eighth MGU-H. It was a nice lap, but it was close with Sebastian (Vettel).

"I'm very happy with the qualifying, from my side and also from the team's side, except the unfortunate off Lewis had in the beginning".


It was Ferrari duo Raikkonen and Vettel who showed the early pace as they raced to the top of the timesheets ahead of Hamilton and Bottas.

The 32-year-old Englishman remained in his cockpit for some moments before informing his team that he was not injured in the high-speed smash.

Hamilton, who won his fourth Formula One championship two week ago in Mexico, walked away from the vehicle without appearing injured and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday.

"First of all I'm happy everyone is in one piece and nothing physical happened to anyone but it was a pretty bad situation to be in, and I'm happy everybody is still here. Years ago I came from quite far behind and had a great race".

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