'Shots fired' as Lewis Hamilton's F1 team robbed at gunpoint in Brazil


Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix from a qualifying session in which Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed on the first lap on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton was confirmed as 2017 world champion at the last race in Mexico, wrapping up what was tipped to be a close-fought championship with two races to spare, much to Marchionne's disappointment.

"I'm okay. It happened really quickly".

"So I think the gap between them and Ferrari could even get bigger in the coming season".

"I just need to take whatever bubble of negativity comes from that experience and move forwards and try and grow from it".

Armed robbers have held up a Mercedes Formula One team minibus outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night (local time) but nobody was hurt, a spokesman says.

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"In a few occasions, not as many as I would have wanted, I managed to be ahead of him", Bottas told Sky Sports News. Bottas will be shooting for this third victory this season to match wins in Russian Federation and Austria.

Kimi Raikkonen had a spat with the Ferrari team over the radio, as they expressed unwarranted concern about his fastest lap time, and concluded: "I am boxing this lap!" It was just a nice lap.

Due to his failure to set a laptime, Hamilton will start from the back of the grid for Sunday's race but the Briton is remaining positive - and takes heart from his drive through the field from P18 in 2009.

Sergio Perez was sixth for Force India ahead of resurgent two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren Honda, Nico Hulkenberg and his Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz.

Felipe Massa in his final home race before retirement will be looking for a decent send-off.

Bottas was second, a fact that will frighten Vettel if the two drivers continue their scintillating form. I chickened out a little bit with the brakes.