The qualifying session started 15 minutes late. This is because the track was cleaned with trucks and employees with brooms.
Qualifying training for Sunday’s race was carried out today because qualifying training for the sprint race and short race will take place tomorrow. Brazil is one of the stages of the season that receives a different program.
How was qualifying training?
Q1 was full of emotions and close times. All drivers went out early to the track to do laps before the rain arrived near Interlagos. The distance between Russell, who set the fastest time [1min10s340], for Zhou, at worst, it was less than a second. Discreet during the 18 minutes, Verstappen appeared at the end and finished in second place. Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Bottas, Sargeant and Zhou were eliminated.
Q2 was also a tight time in Interlagos, but with the emphasis on Norriswho had the fastest time [1min10s021]. The English driver was followed by the Red Bull duo, formed by Verstappen and Pérez. Hulkenberg, Ocon, Gasly, Magnussen and Albon were eliminated in the session that also did not feature rain despite the closed weather.
Max Verstappen anticipated the rain and took pole at Interlagos. The Dutchman was one of the first drivers to take to the track and managed to complete a lap of 1min10s727 before the flood. Other drivers also managed to complete their laps, but did not reach the Dutchman’s time. Pérez, who was on a fast lap, was hampered by a mistake by Piastri, who spun and caused a yellow flag just before the rain.