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Brazilian F1 Grand Prix 2017 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix 2017 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

This allowed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to snatch pole position away by a slender margin, leaving Vettel to settle for P2 on the grid in Brazil.

Bottas is 15 points adrift of Vettel in the battle over second place in the drivers' standings and will close the gap if he can finish ahead of the German in Sunday's 71-lap race.

As the reigning world champion Hamilton has the right to race under No.1 next year, but in line with his decision after his second and third world titles in 2014 and 2015, he will stick with No.44.

Members of Lewis Hamilton's world-championship winning Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Interlagos circuit on Friday night.

Hamilton said gunshots were fired and a member of the team had a firearm held to their head when a minibus was ambushed outside Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night.

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.

With Lewis Hamilton out of qualifying following his crash in Q1, Bottas led the Silver Arrows' challenge for pole in Brazil.

It is not the first time the Brazilian Grand Prix has been marred by threats against F1 teams and drivers.

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

"It feels good", said Bottas, who also took pole at the Azerbaijan and Austrian Grands Prix earlier this season. In the end it was all on me and I'm happy I delivered and I could put it on pole. "Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing". Hamilton has raced with 44 since Formula One first introduced permanent driver numbers in 2014, choosing the double digit because it was the same one he raced with in go-karts.

"I just need to take whatever bubble of negativity comes from that experience and move forwards and try and grow from it".