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Live Reporting

Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

  2. Join us from 15:30 GMT tomorrow

    You can read Andrew Benson's report, and listen to the chequered flag podcast later on this evening as the team analyse qualifying.

    You can find us in the usual places across the BBC tomorrow afternoon for build-up, with the race starting at 17:10 GMT.

    Since it's dinner time... why not try a local dish?

    Brazilian pork stew with corn dumplings.

    You're welcome.


    beef dumpling stew
  3. The five year gap

    Max wraps up pole by being fastest in each qualifying session.

    The last time a Red Bull won in Brazil was in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel, so it will be a mighty celebration if the Honda-powered team take the chequered flag tomorrow. But Ferrari, and Mercedes will not make it easy, as both teams will be chomping at the bit to wind down the season on a high.

    pole for max verstappen graphic
  4. Who's top of the teams?

    So that was Red Bull's fifth pole in Brazil. McLaren have the most with 12 - stretching back to the seventies. Then Ferrari with 11.

    And poor old Williams with six.

    Happier times... with the other Brazilian three-time world champ Nelson Piquet taking pole in 1986.

  5. History on Max's side

    Five of the last six polesitters in Brazil have gone on to win. Bottas let the side down in 2017, when Vettel won.

    The last time Red Bull won? 2013 when that sequence began...

    Think he quite enjoyed it.

  6. 2019 poles count

    With just one more race to go after tomorrow, this is how the pole tally stacks up, and of course they come from the top three teams.

    Charles Leclerc's seven and Verstappen's two are also their career total. It's not been a bad year for either driver on that basis.

    pole graphic
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    Kimi once again through to Q3. Though his team-mate Giovinazzi misses out and starts P13.

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  8. Two poles in the hybrid era

    Christian Horner, the Red Bull boss who turned 46 today, has been talking about his favourite Dutch driver. He said: "I think he just got the car really hooked up and the whole package has been working really well. The circuit was difficult to improve there (in the final lap) and he eked out the gains - it was brilliant from him.

    "It's my birthday let's take the pole and we'll deal with tomorrow tomorrow. We've been a contender for pole in the last three races now so that's really encouraging. All credit to Honda they've done a wonderful job, and to get their second pole position in the turbo hybrid era is wonderful and this is a high altitude track, so all credit to them."

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  9. 'Full-on attack mode"

    Charles Leclerc who starts with a 10-place grid penalty: "I don’t think pole position was out of reach today, but I’m disappointed with myself as I made a mistake which cost me three tenths.

    "I didn’t do the job in the car so sorry to the team, but with the grid penalty it was always going to be tough.

    "I’ll be full-on attack mode tomorrow. I enjoy the fight from the back and I’ll try ensure I do a good job for the team."

  10. Post update

    Max Verstappen is the most successful Dutch driver with two poles and seven victories, and he's the most successful driver of the Verstappen family.

    His father Jos' best qualifying position was sixth at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1994 - his first year in F1.

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  11. 'Fair play, it is his pole'

    Sebastian Vettel, who starts on the front row next to the Dutchman says: "I had a bit a wobble in the exit of the last corner of first run. But I think Max improved his time so fair play - it is his pole.

    "Happy with the front row - now we see what we can do tomorrow. We got better through qualifying which was the target and we were improving, so we'll see how it plays out in the race.

    "Red Bull and Mercedes look stronger managing the tyres, but we have the speed and the power. I am carefully optimistic. It should be a good race."

  12. Double Dutch

    So that's Max Verstappen's second career pole position, and he's taken both of them this season, the first being in Hungary.

    He did qualify on pole in Mexico but was demoted to fourth with a three-place grid penalty for not slowing under yellow flags.

    Max Verstappen
  13. 'There's so much history here'

    Lewis Hamilton who starts on the second row tomorrow, says: "Congrats to Max, obviously a great lap by him we seemed quite competitive in P3 and then we seemed to lose or they gained but nonetheless I'm happy I could divide the Ferraris. We've been down on power but nonetheless I gave it everything I had and my best lap of the session was at the end so... awesome.

    "This is such a tough race to win, the track is very challenging and of course there's so much history here. For me I'm often putting Senna's helmet design on my helmet and I remember watching him and I seem to have a lot of support here which is great."

  14. 'Really happy with pole'

    Max Verstappen, who starts on pole position: "The car was really good.

    "The track temperature was changing so we had to adjust to that but straight away from Q1, the car was flying and really enjoyable to drive, so I'm really happy with this pole position.

    "I tried a different line but the track was a bit warmer, so it gave me a bit of oversteer and went wide but the second lap, luckily, was a bit better, so it was all good.

    "Of course I’ll try to finish it off tomorrow."

  15. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel takes third, and Lewis Hamilton starts on the second row in third.

  16. Post update

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Really strong from the first lap in Q1 here from Verstappen. Red Bull have been really quick and this could be a chance for Max to make amends for last year.

  17. Radio message - Verstappen

    Engineer: "That's it mate, you've done it!"

    MV: "Ahahaha yes boys that was really good. The car was on fire and I hope that was a nice birthday present Christian."

    Christian Horner: "That was the best birthday present - you were brilliant in all three sessions!"

    MV: "Haha thanks!"

  18. Max Verstappen is on pole position!

    Nobody else can improve, but he deserves that one. It was a stellar performance throughout qualifying, and he was still quickest despite a messy Q2 lap.

    His final time is 0.123 sec ahead of Vettel, and 0.191 ahead of Hamilton.

  19. Post update

    Vettel doesn't improve either. Hamilton does improve but it's not enough...

  20. Post update

    Nothing special from Bottas, he remains in fifth. Leclerc doesn't improve, he remains in third.