Nico Rosberg scored his 10th pole position of the 2014 F1 season at Interlagos on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the pole trophy awarded to the season’s most successful qualifier.
The German remained in control all weekend but a stern challenge from the Williams duo of Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa got the Brazilian crowd on their feet before both men’s efforts ended in disappointment. However, Williams still locked out the second row of the grid and were considerably faster than the rest of the field.
McLaren’s Jenson Button headed up the other runners with Sebastian Vettel in 6th behind him. Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso were both outqualified by Button despite rumours they will be team-mates at McLaren in 2015 looking increasingly well-founded, while Daniel Ricciardo bested Kimi Raikkonen for 9th place.
Sauber and Force India were left to duel with the Lotuses and Toro Rosso pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Jean Eric Vergne who were oddly off the pace for the minor positions.