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Summary

  1. Race coverage starts 14:30 GMT on Sunday
  2. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd
  3. Rosberg can win title with win on Sunday
  4. Button out in Q1, Alonso through to Q3

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    We're going to wrap up this live page now. Thanks for being with us.

    So Lewis Hamilton will start from pole tomorrow seeking a victory that will ensure the title race goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi, while in the other half of the Mercedes garage Nico Rosberg will be going all out to wrap up his maiden crown this weekend. 

    Throw in uncertainty over the weather and it's shaping up to be compelling viewing. 

    Andrew Benson's report is here We'll be back with you at 14:30 GMT for all the build up to the race. See you then.

  2. Brazilian pole number three for Mercedes...

    Which is the same number as Renault have managed, the first of which was delivered by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in 1980.

    (We basically just wanted an excuse to use this cool picture). 

    Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi,
  3. Kimi on 'average' lap

    Despite a crackerjack lap to put him third on tomorrow's grid, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was self-critical in the post-race interviews.

    "I struggled the whole qualifying," admits the Finn. 

    "To be honest, the last lap was pretty average but it was enough for third, the Mercedes are bit a too far."

    A familiar refrain...

    Lewis Hamilton and Kimi raikkonen
  4. Rosberg unfazed by second place

    "It was exciting. It was very close. Lewis was marginally quicker in the end," says Rosberg.

    "Pole isn’t always the guy who wins the race so I’m still optimistic for tomorrow."

  5. Lewis ready for anything

    A cool and calm Lewis Hamilton is speaking to the media post-quali, here are his thoughts:

    "Honestly I felt quite comfortable in qualifying as I have all weekend. Nico's been going quicker and quicker but I've generally had it covered.

    "This is the best I could have hoped for coming to Brazil. It's always a track I've struggled at so I'm glad to be at the front."

    And asked about the prospect of rain tomorrow making the race a lottery: "I don't mind, I'm ready for whatever."

    Lewis Hamilton celebrates securing pole position
  6. Pole milestone for Hamilton

    That was pole number 60 for Lewis Hamilton in F1 - making him only the third man in history to pass the mark after his hero Ayrton Senna (65) and record-holder Michael Schumacher (68).

    Lewis Hamilton
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole number one at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix.
  7. Classic Kimi

    Ferrari were enthusing over the radio to Raikkonen after that lap. 

    His reply? 

    "That's a surprise because the first part of the lap was no good. I was pretty average." 

    Textbook.

  8. Post update

  9. Post update

  10. Top 10

    1 Lewis Hamilton; 2 Nico Rosberg; 3 Kimi Raikkonen; 4 Max Verstappen; 5 Sebastian Vettel; 6 Daniel Ricciardo; 7 Romain Grosjean; 8 Nico Hulkenberg; 9 Sergio Perez; 10 Fernando Alonso  

    Hamilton, Rosberg and Raikkonen
  11. Post update

    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    "The Englishman will start on pole and he holds at bay Rosberg's attempt to take the title. What a grand prix we are on for tomorrow."

  12. Hamilton on pole

    After both set searing times in the first sector, both Hamilton and Rosberg fell away slightly in the final sector. 

    Rosberg crosses the line 0.102s behind Hamilton and will have to settle for second place.

    Third place goes to Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari. Very impressive performance by the Finn, albeit six tenths shy of the dominant Silver Arrows.

    Hamilton celebrates
  13. BreakingPole position

    LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

    Hamilton
  14. Post update

    Hamilton cuts the beam in a time of 1m10.736 - an improvement but is it enough?

    Here comes Rosberg... 

  15. Hamilton and Rosberg on final hot laps

    Hamilton sets the fastest first sector of the weekend - but Rosberg betters it moments later.

    This going to be incredibly tight.

    Hamilton and Rosberg
  16. Post update

    Rosberg will be last across line.

  17. Watch the skies...

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "We've got to a keep an eye on this weather, it could do anything right now."

  18. Final runs coming up

    Grosjean the only man out there right now, doing his own thang in the Haas.

    The other nine are cracking their knuckles in the pits. 

    Three minutes to go, and here they all come...

  19. And then there were 10

  20. Team radio

    Kimi Raikkonen: "I lost two tenths from the last corner to the finish line. I don't know why."

    Kimi Raikkonen