Red Bull roars to Brazilian GP pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August. Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position.

The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

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Max Verstappen scored his second career pole in Brazil. Picture: Dan Istitene/GettySource:Getty Images

“Yes boys, that was really good!” said Verstappen on team radio. “That’s the best birthday present – isn’t it Christian?”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner praised Verstappen for topping the times in all three parts of qualifying with a dazzling display of his speed at the undulating Interlagos circuit.

“The car was really good,” said Verstappen. “The track temperature was changing and we had to adjust a little bit for that, but the car was really flying – I’m really happy with pole position.”

Three heavyweights on the podium. Picture: Nelson Almeida/AFPSource:AFP

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season.

Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.

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