Brazilian Grand Prix 2018 - Lewis Hamilton reflects on 82nd pole position

Sebastian Vettel Italian GP 2018

Sebastian Vettel Italian GP 2018

"It already feels like we are on race number 25 this year, so I don't think more races is going to be a good thing".

"They shouldn't call us, because when the conditions are changing like that I think it's unfair if somebody gets called in and yeah, I wanted them to hurry up". "I haven't asked Valtteri, but I don't think he will want that".

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".

The Brazilian race is the penultimate GP of the season, with Abu Dhabi closing it on November 25.

"It's very close between all of us at the front, but I think there's more potential in our auto, so we just need to try and squeeze it out".

Valtteri Bottas starts third for Mercedes as the Silver Arrows bid to become only the second team in history to win five consecutive constructors' championships.

Speaking before Hamilton's comments - which came after the Briton secured pole position - Sirotkin himself did not blame Hamilton for impacting his qualifying, and the stewards have so far not chosen to investigate the incident despite the pair coming close to contact.

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The second, maybe also we can lose in one moment and in the 90 minutes we could also have won in the balance of the 90 minutes. We needed a little luck in some moments of the match and also we needed, when we were attacking, to find our goal.

"Obviously with the weather going up and down, and the Ferraris being quick this weekend, I'm going with my engineer to get the auto in the best shape".

Ferrari started the session looking to have an edge over Mercedes, but Hamilton prevailed in a hard session that was affected by light rain at various points during the hour, even if the track was dry at the key moments.

Ricciardo will have a five-place grid penalty after the team changed the turbocharger on his auto before the start of track action.

Ericsson has been dropped by Sauber for next season and is to race in Indycars in the United States, although he will remain the team's reserve driver.

Haas were best of the rest in the morning, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen seventh and eighth. Horner said it had been damaged in Mexico by a marshal spraying foam on the auto after he retired from the race.

British teenager Lando Norris, another 2019 rookie, was also on track in Fernando Alonso's McLaren for the first session and was faster on the quicker soft tyres than the team's departing Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne on mediums.

Hamilton, meanwhile, avoided punishment after appearing to steer into the path of Sergey Sirotkin during the latter's flying lap during the same segment of qualifying, forcing the Williams driver to dramatically swerve out of the way. I was like, "Okay, that was a good start". The last lap wasn't that great so I didn't know that I had pole and I was so grateful when I heard I did.

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