Lewis Hamilton denies he's 'rattled' Red Bull despite beating Max Verstappen in Brazil


Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull and Max Verstappen won’t be rattled Saturday’s qualifying session, despite setting the fastest time ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Hamilton beat Verstappen by four and a half tenths to start ahead of the pack for sprint qualifying.

Both title contenders start on the front row for Saturday’s sprint race, with Hamilton setting a 1:07.934, 0.4s quicker than championship leader Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas 0.1s. behind in third.

Hamilton however won’t be able to qualify for pole tomorrow, after taking a fifth new engine ahead of the race in Brazil, triggering a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s main event.

Speaking after setting the fastest time, Hamilton said: “Loved today for sure you know, we’re working so hard to try and get this car right and it’s been a real, well it’s been tough.

“And so to finally get the car feeling like it did today, it feels great. It’s just a testament to all the great work that everyone’s doing in the garage and also back home, just all the work that’s going back home to try and pull out everything we can from the car.

“The last few poles I’ve had, I’ve had a penalty, bit unfortunate to have a penalty tomorrow, but it is what it is, and I’ll try and fight back.”

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