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Brazilian Grand Prix 2021

Updated Starting Grid: F1 2021 Brazilian GP Sprint Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton topped qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix but his exclusion hands the advantage to title rival Max Verstappen. Here is the provisional starting grid for the F1 2021 Brazilian GP Sprint Qualifying race.

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Following a lengthy wait, and just a few hours prior to the scheduled start of Saturday's Sprint Qualifying race in Brazil, the stewards finally issued their penalty verdicts for Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

It leads to a significant change to the starting grid for the 24-lap Sprint, with Hamilton dropping from first place all the way to the back, after his exclusion from qualifying over a Drag Reduction System (DRS) breach.

Verstappen, meanwhile, escaped with a €50,000 fine for breaching the FIA International Sporting Code, having touched Hamilton's rear wing in parc ferme conditions.

In simple terms, everyone behind Hamilton on the original starting grid moves up a position, with Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas forming the front row, followed by Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly.

Hamilton now faces a challenging recovery drive through the field in Sprint Qualifying, which sets the grid for the main Grand Prix. However, he will also take a five-place grid penalty on Sunday, having moved on to a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) this weekend.

Starting Grid: F1 Brazilian GP 2021 Sprint Qualifying

Position Driver Team
1. Verstappen Red Bull
2. Bottas Mercedes
3. Perez Red Bull
4. Gasly AlphaTauri
5. Sainz Ferrari
6. Leclerc Ferrari
7. Norris McLaren
8. Ricciardo McLaren
9. Alonso Alpine
10. Ocon Alpine
11. Vettel Aston Martin
12. Tsunoda AlphaTauri
13. Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
14. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
15. Stroll Aston Martin
16. Latifi Williams
17. Russell Williams
18. Schumacher Haas
19. Mazepin Haas
20. Hamilton* Mercedes

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