Lewis Hamilton says Formula One teammates robbed in Brazil

Hamilton reacted to the incident on twitter and called on the FIA to review the safety procedures surrounding the event.

Sunday's race is the penultimate round of the season.

Hamilton, who had dominated most of the weekend's practice sessions, will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

Formula One title holder Lewis Hamilton's first competitive action since winning the world championship lasted less than two minutes as he crashed out of qualifying for the race.

Despite Hamilton's early exit, Valtteri Bottas was able to lead Mercedes to pole position at Interlagos after edging out Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the final stage of qualifying.

"I feel good", said Bottas. The laps were getting better and better, but it was all the time very close, so I'm pleased that in the end I could get it all together in Q3, get a good lap and put it on pole.

Vettel had to settle for second spot ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the German was left to reflect on a missed opportunity. "I tend to just look at it as challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful", Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"I just need to take whatever bubble of negativity comes from that experience and move forwards and try and grow from it". It was a nice lap, but it was close with Sebastian (Vettel). "Of course it is a shame Lewis wasn't there in Q2 and Q3 to fight for the pole, but yeah, I'm happy that after we proceeded out of Q1 with just the one auto I could still deliver and we could still get the pole".

Retirement-bound local hero Felipe Massa of Williams was 10th.

"I think I chickened out a bit on the brakes on the last lap going into Turn One", he said.

  • Stacy Allen