Formula One

 
        === Vettel qualifies fourth, Alonso eighth for Brazilian GP ===
 
 Sao  Paulo,  Brazil (Sports Network)  - Lewis  Hamilton won the pole position,
 while  current Formula One points leader Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth and
 title  contender  Fernando Alonso  eighth for Sunday's season-ending Brazilian
 Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton,  who  is making  his last  start with McLaren  before moving over to
 Mercedes  for next  season,  turned  a lap  around  the 2.677-mile  Interlagos
 circuit in 1 minute, 12.458 seconds for his seventh pole of the season and the
 26th  of  his F1 career. Hamilton  won last Sunday's United States Grand Prix,
 which was contested on the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
 
 His  teammate, Jenson  Button, posted a lap time of 1:12.513 to qualify second
 and give McLaren a front row sweep for the Brazilian GP.
 
 "It's  been a good weekend so far," Hamilton said. "I'm grateful to be able to
 put  the  car on  the front  row and to  have my  last one-two qualifying with
 Jenson.  It  was a  fantastic job  by the team,  and I'm  grateful for all the
 opportunities  they have  given  me. I  hope  we can  turn  it into  something
 positive tomorrow."
 
 Hamilton  topped the  time charts during Friday's two practice sessions, while
 Button  was  quickest  in  final  practice,  which  was  held  shortly  before
 Saturday's qualifying session.
 
 "It  was a pretty  good lap, but I'm not going to point to areas where we lost
 or gained time," Button said of his qualifying effort. "Lewis was half a tenth
 (of a second) quicker. I'm very happy to be on the front row."
 
 A  McLaren driver has not won the Brazilian GP since Mika Hakkinen last did it
 for the team in 1999.
 
 Mark  Webber  qualified one spot ahead  of his Red Bull teammate, Vettel, with
 his  lap of 1:12.581. Either Webber or Vettel has won the last three Brazilian
 GPs.  Webber scored the  victory here in 2009 and last year, while Vettel took
 the checkered flag for the 2010 event.
 
 Vettel,  who enters this  race with a 13-point lead over Alonso, made a lap in
 1:12.581.
 
 "It  was not quick  enough, and I know I could have done a little bit better,"
 Vettel  said. "All in all, we are in good shape. We have been competitive, and
 we'll see what we can do tomorrow."
 
 Vettel  will clinch his third consecutive F1 world championship if he finishes
 fourth  or better  in the Brazilian GP, regardless of where Alonso places. The
 25-year-old  Vettel  will also be  guaranteed the  title if he finishes either
 fifth, sixth or seven, and Alonso does not win the race.
 
 Alonso's lap time in Q3 was 1:13.253.
 
 "Ninth in the USA and eighth here so more or less as I expected," Alonso said.
 "I  will try to achieve the podiums which we achieved in Abu Dhabi and Austin,
 from those starting positions there."
 
 Felipe  Massa, who  is Alonso's  teammate at  Ferrari, qualified  fifth, while
 Williams'  Pastor Maldonado took the sixth spot and Nico Hulkenberg from Force
 India was seventh.
 
 Lotus'  Kimi  Raikkonen and  Nico Rosberg from  Mercedes completed the top-10.
 Rosberg's  teammate, Michael Schumacher, will start 14th in his final F1 grand
 prix.
 
 During  Q1, Romain  Grosjean from Lotus ran  into the back of Pedro de la Rosa
 while  attempting to pass  the HRT driver. Grosjean had to pit for a new front
 wing on his car and wound up qualifying 18th.
 
 The  71-lap Brazilian GP  is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (ET). There is a 60
 percent  chance of rain in the forecast, which could be a factor in this event
 that will decide the drivers' championship.
 
 "I  think  the weather is  going to be tricky  tomorrow, so it will definitely
 make it more of a lottery," Hamilton said.
 
 11/24 14:11:00 ET

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