Lewis Hamilton followed his victory to win a title in Mexico with another statement of authority by taking a truck for the Brazilian Grand Prix thanks to seamless gear at Interlagos. Sebastian Vettel was in the Ferrari second, keeping his place after a two-hour delay as the stewards investigated him for breach of regulations. Hamilton Mercedes's equipment, Valtteri Bottas, was third.
Hamilton gave two spectacular cuts in the last session, which could not match the other, and took a look with a new record of 1min 7.281sec. He was tenth of Vettel clear and very proud of performance that reflects a relative term.
"It was so close to us, 100% of us needed today, not 99," he said. "I was very happy with a lap and I think we've done a great job together as a team to get a pole today. We had to do a lot of work overnight and the team was lacking with their efforts. "
Vettel, whose activity has been questioned after his championship challenge was stunned by a series of errors, almost too impractical during the session. Germany was referred to the stewards after not turning off his engine when going to the weighbridge during C2, damaging the device.
Vettel was eager to finish the process as quickly as possible to put a knee before the rain had any heavier and could have disqualified. "They should not call us when the conditions change like that, we're just calling us in," he said.
Ferarri driver answered time to wait for the steward's decision before receiving a reprimand and fined € 25,000 (£ 21,843), for failing to follow officer directions. The driver's title has already gone but ongoing abusive pressures are something he or she needs to go if she or she challenges the next season's championship .
There was better news at McLaren. The team, who lasts from a terrible season, has just reasoned for Fernando Alonso to feel optimistic when it was released on Saturday that he will be driving for them in Indy 500 next year. Alonso, who finished at the age of 18 and who leaves F1 at the end of this year, competes in Indy in 2017. With victories in Monaco and Le Mans he is trying to add the final part of a triple motor racing crown by securing a victory in and Brickyard.
With Hamilton secured his fifth title in Mexico, in a race where Mercedes was fast, his 10th pole of the season strongly returned to form.
He secured the 100th pole for Mercedes and an unfinished business for a British driver and a team in Brazil.
Mercedes is not yet to start the builders' championship and Hamilton has been clear that he wants to make sure they do so. There are currently 55 points in front of Ferrari with 86 available from both final races, Ferrari must finish Mercedes by 13 points to take the battle to the round final in Abu Dhabi.
If Mercedes safeguarded the title, they will match the Ferrari record of five consecutive drivers and composers, which were performed with Michael Schumacher between 2000 and 2004.
It may not be simple however. Vettel, a fourth-time Kimi Räikkönen team friend, sets their time on the soft tires in C2, giving them more strategic options over their competitors who will all start on the supersoft rubber. It was a perfect, darling, darling and tactical decision by Ferrari who could try to inspire it again.