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Verstappen hopeful of wet Brazilian GP after 2016 star display

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Fresh from taking his second victory of the Formula 1 season in Mexico last weekend, Max Verstappen is already focused on adding to his haul at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, bringing back memories of his stunning display in last year’s Interlagos race.

Verstappen produced a wet-weather display for the ages at Interlagos in 2016, finishing third after fighting his way through the order twice, as well as performing a stunning save to keep his car out of the wall in torrential rain.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s race in Brazil, Verstappen is already crossing his fingers for rain, even if Red Bull’s recent dry pace has appeared to be the class of the field.

“We are looking for another strong performance at Interlagos following a really fun race in the wet last year,” Verstappen said.

“I really enjoyed 2016, there were some great battles and overtakes which resulted in a hard-earned podium.

“I also had a big moment near pit lane entry, which was a close call, I managed to save it and carry on to achieve a good result.

“As you would expect, I’m hoping for another damp race weekend as I don’t think we can be as competitive there in the dry, especially with the elevation changes on the straight, it is not our strongest point.”

Verstappen sits sixth in the F1 drivers’ standings with two races to go, 30 points behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in fifth place, and has scored more points in the last four rounds than any other driver.

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.