F1 Brazilian Grand Prix LIVE: Qualifying updates and times at Interlagos

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F1 returns to Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend – and the sixth and final sprint race of the season.

Max Verstappen won his 16th grand prix of an incredible season last time out in Mexico City, with Lewis Hamilton coming home second and pole-sitter Charles Leclerc completing the podium.

Leclerc stayed in the race despite a first-lap collision with Sergio Perez which resulted in the Mexican’s retirement. Lando Norris made up 12 places for an incredible recovery drive in his McLaren, jumping from 17th to fifth.

Mercedes’ George Russell won his first F1 race last year on a jubilant weekend for the Brit in Brazil. Interlagos once again hosts a sprint weekend; Max Verstappen won the last sprint race in Austin two weeks ago.

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F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

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Q3 underway!

It’s a huge queue at the end of the pit lane, with rain expected in this session by the looks of the radar!

10 drivers involved: Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Sainz, Hamilton, Russell, Norris, Piastri, Alonso, Stroll

It is so gloomy in Interlagos! There’ll need to set their time sharp-ish!

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 19:05

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Alex Albon is out in Q2!

The Williams stays 15th – and there’ll be no Q3 today for Alex Albon!

Bottom-five and out in Q2 (11-15): Hulkenberg, Ocon, Gasly, Magnussen, Albon

Lance Stroll squeezes through in tenth – nobody in the bottom-five improved in their final laps!

Top-3: Norris, Verstappen, Perez

Pole-sitter last year Kevin Magnussen does not make it into Q3 this year!

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Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:58

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Sergio Perez precarious in P9

Sergio Perez is on the verge in ninth as we head into the closing stages.

Meanwhile, Alex Albon has lost a lap for track limits, plummeting him down to P15.

Current bottom-five (11-15): Ocon, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Gasly, Albon

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:53

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George Russell and the Ferraris slow with their first runs

Much like the start of Q1, George Russell and both Ferrari cars struggle for pace early on.

At the top is Max Verstappen, a tenth quicker than Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri. Lewis Hamilton P6 after the first runs.

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:47

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Q2 underway!

It’s very dark and murky overhead as we get underway with Q2 in Interlagos!

Max Verstappen this time is the first car out of the pit lane, leading a huge queue of cars out straight away!

And the clock starts counting down from 15 minutes!

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:41

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Daniel Ricciardo knocked out in Q1!

Disappointment for both AlphaTauris… both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo are out!

Tsunoda not impressed with Lewis Hamilton on team radio, says he impeded him!

Bottom-five and out in Q1, (16-20): Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Bottas, Sargeant, Zhou

Sergio Perez was tight in P13 – and Russell went fastest overall in the end!

Top-3; Russell, Verstappen, Leclerc

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Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:36

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Alex Albon in fourth!

Alex Albon looks safe, in P4, just a tenth off Charles Leclerc in first.

Current bottom-five (16-20): Ricciardo,Hulkenberg, Zhou, Magnussen, Sargeant

Lance Stroll: “Drops of rain”.

George Russell is not safe right now, in P14! Will the weather play a late part?!

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:32

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Sergio Perez and the Ferraris get themselves out of trouble!

They’re OK for now, though the track will ramp up! And it’s also getting very murky in Interlagos.

Charles Leclerc now fastest from Oscar Piastri in second, with Lance Stroll in third! Max Verstappen down in P9.

Current bottom-five (16-20): Tsunoda, Bottas, Sargeant, Albon, Zhou

6:00 to go. Could all change yet!

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:28

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George Russell to be investigated after the session

For potential impeding of Pierre Gasly at the end of the pit lane!

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:23

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Lando Norris quickest out of the first runners!

Lando Norris sets the early pace, with a 1:10:623 – 0.261 secs ahead of Lewis Hamilton in second. Max Verstappen is third, but is not happy.

“My car is jumping around like a kangaroo, the same problem as Mexico,” says Verstappen.

Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is in the bottom-five after the first set of laps! Current bottom-five (16-20): Sainz, Leclerc, Perez, Sargeant, Zhou

Kieran Jackson3 November 2023 18:22

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