LEWIS HAMILTON followed up his victory in the drivers' championship last out in the Mexico Grand Prix by taking pole position for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix.
It was a scrappy qualifying session for the reigning world champion, who almost clattered into Williams' Sergey Sirotkin at one point.
Getty3 Lewis Hamilton took pole after clinching the F1 title in Mexico
It was an uncharacteristic error from the Brit, who has nothing to play for other than securing the constructors' championship for Mercedes.
Yet his error went ignored by the stewards, although the same cannot be said for Sebastian Vettel, who will be hauled in to see the stewards.
The German broke the rules during a routine check on the weight of his Ferrari during qualifying.
He will be forced to explain why he failed to stop his car on the scales for the check, and ignoring the regulations to switch off his engine.
AFP3 Fans flocked to the track at Sao Paulo to watch Lewis Hamilton and Co
The Ferrari man gestured angrily at officials before clapping sarcastically and driving off, damaging the scales in the process.
Meanwhile, McLaren duo Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso again had an awful afternoon as they were both eliminated at the first hurdle.
Vandoorne qualified in last place while Alonso, who is retiring at the end of the year, was only two places ahead of him.
Getty3 Lewis Hamilton did not take the foot of the gas having won the title
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