Sao Paulo GP: What is the F1 Starting Order of the Grid After Hamilton’s Disqualification Drama & All the Engine Penalties at Interlagos?

Published 11/13/2021, 3:57 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


The short burst sprint qualifying sessions this season at Silverstone and Monza barely produced hard racing which F1 had initially anticipated. And, coming to the Sao Paulo GP, the fans predicted yet another stale 30 minutes around the Interlagos circuit.

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However, in reality, it was an entirely different story earlier this afternoon, thanks to an almost reverse grid, with Lewis Hamilton starting from the back of the pack. The Briton, hours before the start of the sprint, faced disqualification from Friday’s qualifying session.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton acknowledges fans after finishing first place in sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

But, what followed was a mind-blowing drive from the 7-time world champion, as he charged his way through the field to claim P5. Let’s spell it out to you in numbers to exaggerate the kind of effort he invested in the adrenaline-pumping race.

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15 overtaking maneuvers in a span of 24 laps around one of the shortest circuits of the racing calendar. Impressed enough? Well, Hamilton’s task is only halfway over, as he will drop a further 5 places ahead of Sunday’s main event due to the engine penalty.

Bottas comes to the rescue of Hamilton

In what has been a painful 24 hours for Hamilton, Mercedes desperately needed Bottas to step up and challenge Verstappen for pole. And the Finn lived up to his team’s expectations, as he snatched the lead from Verstappen around the first corner of lap 1, and never gave it away at any point.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

But, Sunday could be quite interesting to watch, as Mercedes might try and use Bottas as a distraction against Verstappen while Hamilton battles his way through the field into the top 3. Hence, a Hamilton win is still very much on cards, considering the pace he showcased in the sprint.

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But, before we shift our focus too far ahead, take a look at how the grid lines up for Sunday’s Sao Paulo GP

Starting grid for the Sao Paulo GP

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  1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  5. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
  8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  9. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  10. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) [+5]
  11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  12. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  13. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  15. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
  16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  17. George Russell (Williams)
  18. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  19. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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