Nico Rosberg took pole position for the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos with his final lap of the session. The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg traded fastest times in the 3rd qualifying session, but eventually it was Rosberg who took P1 – along with the trophy for most pole positions in the 2014 season with a time of 1:10:023.
First Qualifying Session
With the smaller field of 18 cars, just 4 drivers were eliminated in the first part of qualifying. Maldonado was slowest of the field, and was joined by Perez and Vergne, as well as teammate Romain Grosjean who was less than a tenth of second off the pace required to get through to the next round. That’s a big disappointment for the Lotus drivers who were hoping for a good showing after their improved performance at Austin a week ago.
Perez has lacked running all weekend after his car was damaged in FP1.
Second Qualifying Round
If anything, the second round of qualifying served to show the difference between the big F1 teams and their smaller rivals. The remaining Force India of Hulkenberg, both Saubers, and Daniil Kvyat were all knocked out, with a gap of around 0.4 seconds up to the top 10.
Williams have been fast this weekend, and both Massa and Bottas pushed Mercedes hard for the pole position, but ultimately came up a little short. The gap of 0.22 seconds between Rosberg on Pole and Massa in third, is a lot closer than we’ve seen at many races this season, however the short Interlagos track means that gaps are often smaller here.
Jenson Button was 4th ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who outqualified his teammate with a good lap while Kevin Magnussen lines up in 6th place.
Despite being behind Raikkonen in practice, Alonso outqualified his teammate to take P8 around 0.95s behind pole position.
In the post qualifying interviews, a confident sounding Rosberg told journalists:
Up to now it has been going well. I’m in the best place to be for tomorrow, but I need to make it happen in the race … I’m going for it, pushing myself to stay optimistic all the time. I have learned from Austin, I know what I need to do better so from that point of view, I look forward to tomorrow.
2014 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Results Top 10
Here are the final qualifying times from the top 10 pole position shootout for the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix.
- Rosberg Mercedes 01:10.023
- Hamilton Mercedes 01:10.056
- Massa Williams 01:10.47
- Bottas Williams 01:10.305
- Button McLaren 01:10.930
- Vettel Red Bull 01:10.938
- Magnussen McLaren 01:10.969
- Alonso Ferrari 01:10.977
- Ricciardo Red Bull 01:11.075
- Raikkonen Ferrari 01:11.099