Valtteri Bottas on Formula One Brazil pole as Lewis Hamilton crashes out

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Valtteri Bottas on Formula One Brazil pole as Lewis Hamilton crashes out

Bottas heads into the final two races sitting third in the Drivers' Championship and could still climb up to second ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

In fact, more such incidents happened around the same time as Hamilton's team members were being robbed.

Hamilton's vehicle sustained significant damage in the incident, and he will now start Sunday's race, the penultimate grand prix of the season, from the back of the field. "I tend to just look at it as challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful", Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"I'm OK. It happened really quickly", Hamilton said.

The Mercedes-AMG Formula One team minibus was robbed at gunpoint outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night when the team was returning back to their hotel. In a series of tweets, Hamilton said that gunshots were fired and a member of the team even had a firearm held to their head.

"It was a shame that Lewis is out, a shame for us, but I stood up for the team and it is good to start from pole position here". "It was a nice lap and I was so close with Sebastian through qualifying so it was great to get a good lap in".

Another Finn Kimi Raikkonen qualified third in the second Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who faces a grid penalty for the race.

Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest for McLaren ahead of Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, with teammate Stoffel Vandoorne 0.349s off in 11th behind Renault's Carlos Sainz in tenth.

Retirement-bound local hero Felipe Massa of Williams was 10th.

He had come in with a huge lead over Vettel and secured the crown despite a ninth-place finish (two points), his worst of the 2017 season.

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