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'Shots fired' as Lewis Hamilton's F1 team robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

'Shots fired' as Lewis Hamilton's F1 team robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

Hamilton said gunshots were fired and a member of the team had a firearm held to their head when a minibus was ambushed outside Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night.

"I'm OK. It happened really quickly", Hamilton said.

In a shocking news ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday, members of 2017 Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton's team were robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

Further back, strong runs from Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen saw them claim P5 and P6, respectively, albeit they would not remain there thanks to late flourishes from Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. I had a great help from Bell and it was a bit of surprise. Valtteri wants to get it on merit."He has been working hard throughout the year and is focused more than ever, so I know he wants to do it on his own". I was already too slow by that point.

"My engineers want that and a couple of my mechanics, but I don't plan on changing it", he said.

Bottas will start on pole for the third time in his career after edging out Vettel by only 0.038 seconds and the Finn is braced for a battle.

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"It's very unusual from me but it shows we are all human and things happen". Bottas is confident he can overhaul Vettel in the championship in the final two races of the campaign.

This was Ferrari's most competitive showing at Brazil thus far, though, so qualifying could be much closer-run than it previously appeared. Hamilton has raced with 44 since Formula One first introduced permanent driver numbers in 2014, choosing the double digit because it was the same one he raced with in go-karts.

Retirement-bound local hero Felipe Massa of Williams was 10th.

The Brazilian grand prix is being held in Sao Paolo this weekend with qualifying to take place today.

"Lewis was out at the beginning which is a shame for us, but I stood up for the team".