Three Honda-powered cars qualified in the top five for Formula 1’s final Sprint weekend of the season, with Max on the front row for Red Bull Racing.
The Sprint schedule meant there was just one practice session before Friday qualifying, and both teams hit the ground running. Max and Sergio were second and third respectively despite focusing on high fuel runs later in the session, while Pierre was once again best of the rest in fifth and Yuki started strongly on his first visit to Interlagos in 12th.
There were just a few hours before qualifying, and once running began in Q1 it was a very solid start all round. Sergio and Max were fifth and sixth respectively, while Pierre was eighth and Yuki needed just one timed lap to advance in ninth place.
It was an extremely competitive first part of qualifying and remained that way for Q2, where a lock-up for Yuki on his final lap saw him miss out on a spot in the top ten. He’ll start from 13th in the Sprint on Saturday, with a chance to improve his final starting position for the grand prix itself.
Max, Sergio and Pierre all made it through with strong laps and continued their form in the final part of qualifying, where Max did a very good job to secure a place on the front row. Lewis Hamilton was quickest after taking a new power unit this weekend and will start first on Saturday, but has a five-place grid penalty as a result on Sunday.
Sergio will start from the second row after missing out on P3 by just 0.013s, while Pierre is one spot behind him in fifth after replicating his qualifying result from Mexico a week ago.