No matter that on the last day he won his fifth title in Formula 1, the Briton was the fastest on Saturday on the Interlagos circuit.
Briton Lewis Hamilton, from the Mercedes team, will start on Sunday from the first position in the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix after reaching the best time in the qualifying session at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo.
On the grid, in the second race from behind the season, the five-time world champion, who reached the 82nd pole of his career, will be ahead of Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and his colleague at Mercedes, Finn Valtteri Bottas.
"This is a difficult qualifying session, time is changing," said the Briton. Rain appears fearfully in Q1, before intensifying in the second and disappears in the third, leaving the dry path.
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"Ferrari is very fast this weekend and we are working a lot with my engineers to make sure we are ready," added Hamilton, who could still receive a penalty after a troublesome Russian Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) in Q2.
Vettel was in the same situation because he left the engine running when he weighed the car before Q2 and the balance was broken. "It was unfair to call me at that time to weigh, because the conditions changed: I just want them to hurry," said the German coach, who will be called by race supervisors to give their version.
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The Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) and Netherlands Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will come in fourth and fifth, ahead of Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc Monegasque, both Sauber.