Lewis Hamilton crashes in Brazilian GP qualifying as Valtteri Bottas takes pole

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Sports Desk
Lewis Hamilton crashed out of Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying on his first lap and will start Sunday’s race at the back of the field. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas won a battle for pole with Hamilton’s former title rival Sebastian Vettel. The new world champion lost control of his Mercedes at the fast and difficult Ferradura/Laranjha double right-hand corner. It was the first significant mistake Hamilton has made all season. Can we ever really compare the F1 greats? Hamilton said: “You saw it, it is what it is. It is unfortunate. I tend to just look at it as challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful. “I am going to take whatever bubble of negativity comes from that experience and try and grow from it. Very unusual of me, but it just shows we are all human and things happen. I will try to have as much fun as possible tomorrow. Years ago I came from quite far behind and had a great race.” The crash follows Hamilton saying he was “upset” by news that personnel from his Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint in Sao Paulo on Friday night. No-one was hurt in the incident, in which a van of Mercedes workers was held up on the road away from the Interlagos track. Hamilton will start from the pitlane instead of the back of the grid on Sunday after Mercedes decided to change the specification of some parts.

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