Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

Hamilton: Schumacher's F1 win record not out of reach

Hamilton reacted to the incident on twitter and called on the FIA to review the safety procedures surrounding the event.

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.

Hamilton spun off the track during his first fast lap in Q1 and collided into the barrier.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas took pole position.

Vettel looked poised to claim a record-equalling third Interlagos pole after leading after the opening runs in Q3, only to fail to improve on his second and final run.

His 20-year-old Dutch team mate Max Verstappen, victor of two of the last four races, was fourth and fifth on the respective timesheets.

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was fifth but incurred a 10-place grid penalty and will start from 15th.

"So we're running super-safe and conservative in these sessions, which explains quite a bit of the deficit to the Mercedes at the moment".

Mercedes, for the fourth year in a row, have won both of this year's championships with Hamilton arriving in Brazil as a four-times world champion.

"It's very unusual from me but it shows we are all human and things happen".

Mercedes have clinched the constructors' championship for a fourth successive year and experimented with processes and parts for 2018.

Some six men with automatic guns ambushed Button and his team as he left the Interlagos circuit.

Brendon Hartley made his F1 debut in Texas and is now set to also compete in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

"I am still a bit shaken, but it is a good feeling".

"This is so upsetting to hear".

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