Hamilton: Sirotkin made quite a disrespectful move

It was one of those double take moments as Sergey Sirotkin, at high speed, nearly rammed the back of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, an incident which the world champion labelled disrespectful after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Although Hamilton claimed pole, he was not happy with what transpired during Q2 at Interlagos, “Everyone was on an out lap, me, Sergey and the one in front of me. When you’re on an out lap, towards the end of the lap, you try to back off and get a gap.”

“As far as I knew no one behind was on a lap so I was making sure I had a gap, then all of a sudden out of Turn 11 I saw a car coming. I thought someone might have been on a lap, so I went to the left and that’s where he decided to go. But he wasn’t on a lap so I don’t really know what his thinking was.”

“Between all the drivers, we all know to keep our space by that point so it was generally quite a disrespectful move. I was trying to get out of his way and then he got to the corner and slowed up.

“It was kind of strange, it was completely unnecessary because he had a space behind. Ultimately his lap and my lap weren’t great. Hopefully, he can learn from it,” added Hamilton who will start the race on Sunday from top spot on the grid, his 82nd F1 pole position.

Before that Kimi Raikkonen had to also take avoiding action while the #44 Mercedes dawdled in the middle of the track on the exit of the Senna-S out of Turn 3.