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Brazilian Grand Prix 2021

Starting Grid: F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix

Here is the official starting grid, including confirmed penalties, for the F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

Verstappen Brazil sprint
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Valtteri Bottas made it back-to-back pole positions by beating Max Verstappen to finish first in Sprint Qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Championship leader Verstappen will be hoping to take the lead at Turn 1, just as he did last week in Mexico City.

Carlos Sainz held off Sergio Perez on Saturday to line up in third place, with Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc on row three.

It's an all-French fourth row as AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly and Alpine's Esteban Ocon start next to each other, just in front of Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin.

Lewis Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by 21 points in the Drivers' Championship, will start from 10th place having made his way up to fifth in Sprint Qualifying with a stunning drive through the field.

The seven-time World Champion took on a fifth Internal Combustion Engine prior to the weekend, which has triggered a five-grid place penalty. He will be looking to replicate his impressive form in Sunday's 71-lap race around Interlagos.

Further behind, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso both had poor starts on Saturday so will be looking to turn things around by getting it right when the lights go out at 14:00 local time (17:00 UK time).

Nicholas Latifi managed to stay ahead of Williams teammate George Russell to officially outqualify him for the second time this season.

The Haas pair of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will make up the last places on the grid, while Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen will start from the pit lane after his team elected to fit him with a new specification rear wing for the Grand Prix.

Starting Grid: F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix

Position Driver Team
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull
5 Lando Norris McLaren
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
10 Lewis Hamilton* Mercedes
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 George Russell Williams
18 Mick Schumacher Haas
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas
PL Kimi Raikkonen* Alfa Romeo

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