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Hamilton edges Rosberg out of Brazilian GP pole

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 Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton continued to keep the pressure on teammate Nico Rosberg in the race for the Drivers' Championship by taking his 11th Pole Position of the season and the 60th of his career at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil.

Only fractions of a second separate the two Silver Arrows heading into tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix with Rosberg completing a 13th front row lock out of the season for the Mercedes team setting a time of 1:10.838 narrowly behind Hamilton's 1:10.736. The Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was surprisingly the third quickest car on the track, setting a time of 1:11.404, more than half-a-second behind the Mercedes duo, who were simply in a class of their own.

Raikkonen once again out qualified his Ferrari teammate, though there wasn't much to choose between the two of them with Sebastian Vettel's best time in Q3 a 1.11.495. That, however, was only good enough for fifth place on the grid tomorrow with Max Verstappen in the Red Bull sneaking in between the two scarlet cars by going one hundredths of a second quicker than Vettel.

Vettel will have Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo for company on the third row of the grid, only marginally further back at 1:11.540 suggesting that the Ferraris and the Red Bulls could have an interesting mini battle of their own in the race for the third and final podium place.

Romain Grosjean in the Haas was surprisingly 7th quickest ahead of the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, with the McLaren of Fernando Alonso rounding off the top 10.

Back at the head of the field, Hamilton and Rosberg will be fighting it out for the world title. Rosberg will predictably be looking to win the race, an outcome that will give him his first world title irrespective what Hamilton does tomorrow and in the final race of the season.

Looking ahead to Race Day, Rosberg said, "There is still a lot to play for tomorrow. To win the race is definitely still possible from this position. The start is always a possibility and also with strategy it could be interesting tomorrow. I also had a good long run this morning, so I am looking forward to a great race in front of this fantastic crowd."

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, knows there is little to choose between the two cars for the race, and shared, "Lewis did a great lap and was quickest in every part of qualifying - but Nico was actually a few hundredths ahead on his final lap until Turn 12, where he couldn't get on the throttle early enough and lost the advantage up the hill. It was just a really tight session with both drivers on the limit and slugging it out on track, just like it should be.

"Looking ahead to the race, the weather forecast looks uncertain and it will be down to our drivers to make the most of their opportunities. Our job is to make sure that we don't let them down. The other positive from today was a surprisingly good gap to the teams behind - bigger than we have seen recently. But that can easily change in different circumstances during the race," he concluded.