Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton’s expectations of a title securing continued alive at Interlagos when he took pole position for Brazilian Grand Prix.
Lewis is 19 points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was second quickest in qualifying, going into the penultimate race of the season.
The pole was the 60th of Hamilton’s career, eight short of Michael Schumacher’s record, and his first in Brazil since 2012 when he was at McLaren.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen qualified third with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen joining the 2007 world champion on the second row of the grid.
Daniel Ricciardo, who had been slower than Red Bull teammate Verstappen throughout practice could only manage sixth and will start alongside the Ferrari of former teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas F1 ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez, with double world champion Fernando Alonso taking 10th for McLaren-Honda.