Lewis Hamilton will have a lot of work to do to put himself in a promising position to start this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix over the course of today’s sprint event in Sao Paulo. The 37-year-old will line up in eighth after a topsy-turvy qualifying session on Friday in which Kevin Magnussen managed to secure a surprise pole thanks to a late downpour late in Q3.
The Haas driver was able to set the fastest lap on slick tires at the start of Q3 before George Russell left his Mercedes in the gravel to bring out the red flags. Then the heavens opened as Russell’s damaged car was being removed to give Magnussen his first pole position and spark wild celebrations in the Haas garage.
However, it remains to be seen if the Dane will still be ahead of the chasing pack at the end of today’s sprint, with the likes of Max Verstappen, George Russell, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz posing a major threat to his hopes of taking the flag from paintings. Magnussen was as surprised as anyone after taking pole position on Friday, but he vowed to give it his all as he looks to deliver a strong performance in the final speed event of the 2022 campaign.
“What a phenomenal job the team did to put me in the pit lane as the first car to give me the best part of the track,” said the Haas driver.
“It was starting to rain so that was the crucial part. The car was strong, we were in contention for Q3. It was drizzling a bit and not completely dry and our car was perfect for that. Today the big difference was getting me out.” In the pit lane as the first car, it’s unbelievable.
“Thanks to Gene Haas and Guenther [Steiner] and the whole team for this opportunity. It’s been an amazing journey, it’s amazing, thank you. Max attack, let’s go for something fun.”
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