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  1. Rosberg on pole by 0.033secs, Hamilton 2nd, Massa 3rd
  2. Bottas 4th, Button 5th, Vettel 6th, Magnussen 7th
  3. Alonso 8th, Ricciardo 9th, Raikkonen 10th
  4. Rosberg breaks pole position lap record
  5. Rosberg top in Q1 & Q2

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By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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Nico Rosberg won the battle on Saturday, but who will come out on top when it matters on Sunday? A mouth-watering prospect in store. Until then, it's good evening from me. See ya!

Toto Wolff
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Mercedes on Twitter: Genius! RT @BadgerGP: Name the #F1 personality…. (you'll like this @JennieGow)

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Today's front row lock-out here for Mercedes - their seventh in a row - sees them equal Williams' 1993 record of 28 front row starts, when Damon Hill and Alain Prost were driving.

Mercedes on Twitter: Great to see @MassaFelipe19 in the top three in front of his home crowd too - they went #BrazilNuts! ;)

Felipe Massa

"Good result as a team for us in qualifying today, starting 4th for the race tomorrow,"

tweets Williams' Valtteri Bottas. "Tomorrow is what matters - it'll be fun!"

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on after qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Nico Rosberg has taken an impressive 10 pole positions this season, with Lewis Hamilton (pictured) the next best on seven. Felipe Massa is the only other driver to have started on P1, following his stunning lap in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.


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The plan for tomorrow is as follows. The race starts at 16:00 GMT, but we'll begin our build-up at 15:00. BBC Radio 5 live will join at 15:30 with highlights of the race on BBC One at 20:30.

Bernie Ecclestone has rejected claims the sport he runs is in crisis following the collapse of two teams. Marussia folded on Friday and Caterham remain in administration after missing the US and Brazilian Grands Prix.

The F1 boss told BBC Sport: "People say F1 is in crisis. Absolute nonsense. We've had a couple of teams in crisis."

He pointed out that many F1 teams had failed over the years and criticised Marussia and Caterham for what he said was poor financial management.

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Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton

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Title permutations

Lewis Hamilton has a 24-point lead over Nico Rosberg with a maximum of 75 points remaining - 25 in Brazil for a win and 50 in Abu Dhabi. The world title cannot be decided at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

If Hamilton wins in Brazil and Rosberg fails to finish, he will have a 49-point lead going to Abu Dhabi. Hamilton would then need to finish 10th or higher to clinch the title.

If Rosberg wins in Brazil and Hamilton retires, Rosberg will lead the championship by one point going to Abu Dhabi. Hamilton would then need to finish ahead of Rosberg in the points in Abu Dhabi to secure the title.

If Hamilton wins in Brazil, with Rosberg second, Hamilton will arrive in Abu Dhabi with a 31-point lead. But if Rosberg then wins and Hamilton finishes sixth or lower, Rosberg will win the title.

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Nico Rosberg celebrates getting pole position in the Brazilian Grand Prix

Adeel Ejaz: Unlucky for Lewis Hamilton with the lock-up in the last lap but game on tomorrow! Watch out Nico Rosberg! Let the hunt begin!

Danny Atkins: Nico Rosberg may be on pole position but it's the race that counts primarily!

Massa reaction

"It's very emotional to be here in Brazil and have a competitive car and start in the top three," says Felipe Massa, who starts third. "I didn't use everything I could from the car - I got a lot of traffic in my last run. There were also problems in the garage and I couldn't improve my lap time.

"Everyone was improving a bit on the second set. I was not going to improve to beat them but maybe I could get close. It was very tight between team-mates but I think that's the good thing. I'm so happy. I hope it's just the beginning for a good result tomorrow."

Hamilton reaction

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"It was great fun out there," says Lewis Hamilton, who starts second. "Nico did a great lap. I think I lost time at Turn 10 and maybe a tiny bit in Turn One.

"But it was great having to keep going out and fighting - that's what qualifying should be all about, and being that close is really exciting - I hope everyone enjoyed it.

"It's a long race tomorrow and it should be really exciting with all the pit stops. I want to win as much as anyone else."

Rosberg reaction

"Pressure, it's similar," adds Nico Rosberg. "The adrenaline is there, the tension, the excitement. It's not been changing that much, I'm just here, I'm going for it, pushing myself to stay optimistic all the time. I have learned from Austin, I know what I need to do better so from that point of view, I look forward to tomorrow."

Rosberg reaction

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

"It's the perfect job only if it works out tomorrow," says Nico Rosberg, who starts on pole having finished top in every practice session and every part of qualifying this weekend. "Up to now it has been going well. I'm in the best place to be for tomorrow, but I need to make it happen in the race."

Qualifying result

1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Felipe Massa 4) Valtteri Bottas 5) Jenson Button 6) Sebastian Vettel 7) Kevin Magnussen 8) Fernando Alonso 9) Daniel Ricciardo 10) Kimi Raikkonen

11) Esteban Gutierrez 12) Nico Hulkenberg 13) Adrian Sutil 14) Daniil Kvyat

15) Romain Grosjean 16) Jean-Eric Vergne 17) Sergio Perez 18) Pastor Maldonado

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Craig Wells: Lewis Hamilton can come 2nd in these last two races and win the title just get the car home.

George Taylor: Well done to Rosberg. Hamilton is still the stronger racer. He can take the win.

Mercedes on Twitter: It's @nico_rosberg! He's done it! Pole for the #BrazilGP and the inaugural pole trophy! Great job!

Wonderful response from the crowd as Felipe Massa wanders over to the grandstands to give them a wave. This is a good result for the home fans. And it could be even better tomorrow, especially considering Williams' impressive pace in the final sector, which should boost their chances of overtaking into Turn One.

That's Nico Rosberg's 10th pole position of the season and it means that he will win the Pole Position Trophy for the best qualifier of the year.

The Williams challenge failed to materialise, with Felipe Massa aborting his final run. The Brazilian waves to the crowd as he cruises down the pit lane.

Pole position

Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

First qualifying ends

But Nico Rosberg responds! The German crosses the line 0.033 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton! Just three hundreths!

Lewis Hamilton goes quickest!!!!

Lewis Hamilton locks up on his final run! His challenge for pole position could be over...

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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen goes seventh fastest, 0.9 seconds off the pace.

Everyone is out on track. Let's do this.

It's so close at the top! Could we really see a pole for home favourite Felipe Massa? The crowd would go crazy. Three minutes to go.

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Jenson Button goes fifth, ahead of McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen. Sebastian Vettel is seventh, ahead of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Neither Ferrari has set a lap, but Kimi Raikkonen has just left the garage.

Mercedes on Twitter: Three hundredths! THREE HUNDREDTHS!! @nico_rosberg sneaks under the bar - game on!

Felipe Massa sets the fastest sector of all in the final sector to cross the line just 0.081 seconds behind Nico Rosberg! This is so close! Back to the pits for both Mercedes and Williams before one final run.

Valtteri Bottas is on a very scrappy lap, locking the tyres on a couple of occasions. But the time is still good as he goes third, just 0.13 seconds adrift of pace-setter Nico Rosberg!

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Jeremiah: Down to 10 cars. Crucial last few minutes with Nico still having the edge. Still hoping Hamilton can turn the tables.

Kieran: It's one thing to drive fast and qualify pole, but to be able to race and keep calm under pressure is another.

But it's not good enough as Nico Rosberg pips him with a 1:10.166. Just 0.029 seconds the difference! And Rosberg made a slight mistake in the final corner.

Lewis Hamilton's first effort is an absolute beauty, the Briton clocking a 1:10.195. We're edging ever closer to a 1m09!

Lewis Hamilton is first man out, followed closely by Nico Rosberg.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Will Lewis Hamilton have it in him to overcome the one to two tenth deficit he has had to Nico Rosberg so far this weekend? My gut feeling is no, but he doesn't have to be of course. He leads Rosberg by 24 points in the championship."

Final qualifying starts

The time has come. Ten drivers fight over one pole position. Let battle commence.

No sign of rain at Interlagos, with plenty of blue skies peaking through among the clouds...


1) Nico Rosberg 2) Felipe Massa 3) Valtteri Bottas 4) Lewis Hamilton 5) Jenson Button 6) Sebastian Vettel 7) Kimi Raikkonen 8) Daniel Ricciardo 9) Kevin Magnussen 10) Fernando Alonso