Lewis Hamilton no fan of F1 calendar expansion

Lewis Hamilton no fan of F1 calendar expansion

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari look at a paddock display during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 25, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Vettel will therefore still start second on Sunday's grid on the front row alongside polesitter Lewis Hamilton.

Against regulations, Vettel drove onto the scales and then drove away - drivers are supposed to be rolled into and out of position with engines switched off. Max Verstappen out-qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.002s, although the latter faces a five-place grid penalty for the new turbocharger Red Bull fitted to his auto on Friday.

Replays showed Vettel waving frantically at the FIA technicians as he arrived at the scales and urging them to complete the weighing process as quickly as possible.

Hamilton and Vettel provided the main talking points of the session, with the former fortunate to escape the immediate attention of the stewards after almost colliding with the Williams of Russian Sergey Sirotkin.

Hamilton, meanwhile, avoided punishment after appearing to steer into the path of Sergey Sirotkin during the latter's flying lap during the same segment of qualifying, forcing the Williams driver to dramatically swerve out of the way.

"They shouldn't call us when the conditions are changing like that", Vettel said.

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But there has been no sign yet of a stewards' investigation and Sirotkin said he had no problem with the incident.

He beat team-mate Charles Leclerc, who is moving to Ferrari to partner Vettel next season in a swap with Raikkonen, by 0.196secs. The Monaco native had been relegated into the drop zone after the first runs in Q2, with Kevin Magnussen edging to 10th position with a lap as light rain intensified slightly.

Vettel said his weighbridge incident had happened because he was eager to get back to the pits.

Also dropping out were the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon - who will start from 18th due to a gearbox penalty - as well as Nico Hulkenberg and Sirotkin.

The Ferrari driver has been fined €25,000 and been issued with an official reprimand by Interlagos stewards. Progressing were Sirotkin and Ocon, with Carlos Sainz and Brendon Hartley just missing out.

With team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne last of all, the only vehicle Alonso could beat was the Williams of Lance Stroll.

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