Lewis Hamilton to start Brazilian GP from pit lane

Bottas ready to step up

Bottas ready to step up

This was Ferrari's most competitive showing at Brazil thus far, though, so qualifying could be much closer-run than it previously appeared.

Hamilton's car sustained significant damage in the incident, and he will now start Sunday's race, the penultimate grand prix of the season, from the back of the field.

Last year in Mexico, a team member, travelling in a chauffeur-driven vehicle from Mexico City Airport to the Mercedes' hotel, was targeted by two gunmen.

Sebastian Vettel was left ruing a mistake on his final hot lap in Formula 1 qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix after missing out on pole position by just 0.038 seconds. There is a picture of me with 43 on my kart when I was in cadets because some other kid stole my number and I had to be 43, but that wasn't really my number, it was just one picture they got.

The current F1 champione-elect tweeted that some of his crewmembers were, "held up at gun point" as the team minibus was leaving the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo on Friday night.

Hamilton turned in a fastest lap time of 1:09.202 - a new track record at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace - to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Bottas at the head of the field as both Ferrari and Red Bull struggled to put up any kind of fight in FP1.

Some six men with automatic guns ambushed Button and his team as he left the Interlagos circuit. In fact, more such incidents happened around the same time as Hamilton's team members were being robbed.

"Lewis was out at the beginning which is a shame for us, but I stood up for the team".

"It's very unusual from me but it shows we are all human and things happen". It was a nice lap, but it was close with Sebastian (Vettel).

"It's always good to have a target, it makes you work harder and try harder". I had a great help from Bell and it was a bit of surprise. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

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