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Summary

  1. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton 2nd, Vettel 3rd
  2. Bottas 4th, Raikkonen 5th, Hulkenberg 6th
  3. Hamilton top in Q1 & Q2
  4. Williams and Red Bulls through to Q3 with Ferraris
  5. Both McLarens, Manors and Maldonado out in Q1
  6. Alonso breaks down immediately in Q1

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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That image of two waving German drivers seems the ideal place to call it a day tonight.

It will be an interesting battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton tomorrow - and don't rule out an intervention from a Ferrari.

I would heartily advise having a read of Andrew Benson's report from qualifying.

Make sure you join us from 14:30 GMT tomorrow, when we'll start building up to the race, which begins at 16:00 GMT.

'I hope to put pressure on the Mercedes'

Rosberg and Vettel
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Sebastain Vettel speaks to the media after claiming third on the grid: "I think we improved the car which is the most important thing. There were lots of people sliding yesterday with these tyres so it could be interesting. I hope to put some pressure on the Mercedes and then go for it."

Manor appointment

1/2...Some brand new news for you. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Ryan as Racing Director.

1/2...Some brand new news for you. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Ryan as Racing Director.

Dave Ryan left as McLaren sporting director in 2009.

Notes on the grid

So we already know that Valtteri Bottas has a three-place grid penalty and Daniel Ricciardo has a 10-place penalty.

That means it is a Ferrari second row - with Sebastian Vettel third and Kimi Raikkonen moving up to fourth.

Bottas shifting to seventh means he will line up next to his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.

There could still be a punishment for Felipe Nasr, currently in P11, who obstructed Massa in qualifying.

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Grosjean & Maldonado are next to each other on the grid. One loves to smash into walls, the other into other drivers. Interesting #bbcf1 #F1

'A win would be special'

More from Lewis Hamilton: "Considering how the week has gone, I am pretty happy with how that went. Q1 and Q2 wre very good and to better that is very fine margins, I clawed back as much as I could. It should be an exciting race tomorrrow. It was a dream to come here and race and I really felt Ayrton Senna's presence when I came to race here the first time. To win in front of the Brazil fans would be special."

'I didn't maximise the first sector'

Lewis Hamilton
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: “It was good today. I got a good balance. At the end I didn’t maximise the first sector but the other two sectors were OK.

“It is a circuit I haven’t won at. Last year I was stronger in the race and I hope to carry that through and hopefully make the difference.”

'Close to the edge'

Nico Rosberg
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Nico Rosberg tells the media after clinching pole: “Of course I'm pleased with today. I got some good laps in qualification three and the last lap was very close to the edge."

An eventful session for McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who went out in Q1 after a car failure. He relaxed in a picnic chair while waiting for the recovery vehicle and then shared a joke with team-mate Jenson Button by sneaking on to the podium.

Alonso
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McLaren's Fernando Alonso: "It was not the Saturday I was hoping for. But in Abu Dhabi I will have to be better prepared and bring the sun tan lotion.

"When we passed the podium, me and Jenson thought we are not going to get as close again and so took a picture. It is tough, but that is what it is."

Will Stevens
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Manor's Will Stevens: "What I have learned this year is that I have focused too much on qualifying and not looked at the longer game and the race. This track is very hard on the rears and hopefully the way we have worked will pay off tomorrow."

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Nico Rosberg
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It's worth noting that Nico Rosberg persuaded his team to let him come into the pits in Q2. They wanted him to stay out.

Nico was aiming to save the tyres - and it was a great tactic.

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"I think Nico Rosberg can win this and carry the roll on from Mexico. Lewis Hamilton wants to win here to emulate his idol Ayrton Senna. It is going to be a fascinating race."

Verstappen finishes 10th in qualifying

Max Verstappen
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Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen: "It is a tricky track to learn and I underestimated it a bit. We lose a lot on the straights here. I was not happy with the car yesterday and it should be better tomorrow."

Ricciardo
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: "It was not worth it to have the new engine. I'll have a look at the overlay later, but from what I saw today it was not that much of an advantage. We did what we could. But starting 19th it is going to be a fun race later. I hope it will rain. I don't think it will."  

Leaderboard
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There will be some movement in this top 10, with Valtteri Bottas dropping three places for overtaking under a red flag in Q1. And Daniel Ricciardo loses a whopping 10 places because of a new engine.

"It wasn't worth it," Ricciardo says when asked about the engine change.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: "It was an immense lap from Nico, he is on fire. It is important for him to finish second in the championship and maybe there is some of the pressure gone for Lewis which might not be a good thing. It was a very intelligent session from Nico - the way that he saved his tyres in Q2.

"Ferrari are not far off, but I am sceptic for them for next year."

Wolff
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Rosberg
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Thumbs up for Nico Rosberg, who has been formidable in qualifying as of late. Can he convert to make it back-to-back wins?

Here's how the top 10 looks:

ROS, HAM, VET, BOT, RAI, HUL, KVY, MAS, RIC, VER

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"It looks like Lewis Hamilton has not been able to ace that first sector. Turn Two is where Nico Rosberg has been very aggressive and has managed to get that edge over his team-mate."

Nice one Nico

So that's five consecutive poles for Nico Rosberg and back-to-back poles in Brazil.

You would call it championship-winning form, if that ship had not already sailed.

First qualifying ends

Oh so close. So close. Lewis Hamilton had time to make up in the third sector and drops in 0.078secs short of his team-mate.

Nico Rosberg goes even faster... What can Lewis Hamilton do?

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"It could be that psychologically for Nico Rosberg the pressure is off. If golf they might have called it the yips. Now, with the world title gone to Hamilton, he is able to just to get on and drive and suddenly he has found some extra speed in qualifying."

With two minutes remaining, the cars are out for their second pop. Max Verstappen is yet to record a time.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Felipe Massa does not seem to be able to find his form on a track that he knows well and usually produces his best. It may be that he cannot quite find the balance of the car to give him the confidence to produce his best. Sometimes the telemetry does not tell you everything."

As it stands: ROS, HAM, VET, BOT, RAI, RIC, MAS, HUL, KVY

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Sebastian Vettel slides into P3, but he is 0.618 secs behind leader Nico Rosberg.

Then it's Valtteri Bottas, followed by Kimi Raikkonen.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"That was a big lock-up for Hamilton into turn 10 and that will have damaged his front right tyre."

Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg are the next drivers to record laps, but they're more than half a second behind.

Nico Rosberg - fastest lap of the weekend: 1:11.461.

Lewis Hamilton - just under: 1:11.549.

They're the times to beat.

Seven minutes remaining.

Christian Horner
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Red Bull principal Christian Horner: "Unfortunately sector one and three are dominated by the long uphill straight that does not play to our strengths. In sector two we are fifth or sixth fastest which is respectable, especially considering the amount of downforce that we are running.

"I reckon that Nico Rosberg has saved his tyres in the second section to keep them fresh for the race itself, which might be a smart move."

Felipe Nasr is soaking up the atmosphere in front of the Brazilian fans. The Sauber man is in P11, but could be pegged back if the stewards think he impeded Felipe Massa in Q1.

Nasr
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Final qualifying starts

It's the top-10 shoot-out. Here we go.

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"I think that Fernando and Jenson are trying to make a joke of it to cover the pain a bit. They want to see the end of this season as soon as possible to put it past them."

Jenson
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McLaren's Jenson Button: "It was a lot closer to 15th than I thought and the car was running a lot better than I thought. I think we were running just too little aero balance. The car is not bad to drive, I enjoyed it today, but the pace is not there. Rain, anything like that, helps us."  

At the risk of this becoming the Max Verstappen fan club page, he has outshone his Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz there.

Although Sainz did complain over his team radio about a problem with his readings on the dashboard.

Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean are eliminated. 

Max Verstappen made a great leap to come in eighth.