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Bottas takes pole in Brazilian GP, Hamilton crashes

12 Nov 2017, 02:44 ( 12 Nov, 2017)

DF-Xinhua Report
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (C) of Britain, Valtteri Bottas (R) of Finland and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. File Photo Xinhua.

 Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix by setting an Interlagos track record during qualifying here on Saturday.

The Finn clocked 1 minute 8.322 seconds to finish ahead of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fourth.

Lewis Hamilton, who secured his fourth world title in Mexico last month, will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid after crashing his Mercedes on the first qualifying lap.

Bottas, who is third in the drivers' standings, is aiming for his fourth win of 2017 after victories in Russia and Austria.

The Brazilian Grand Prix is the penultimate race of the Formula One season, which will culminate in Abu Dhabi on November 26.

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