Despite trailing Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, Nico Rosberg has been the man to beat so far this weekend in Brazil.
The German driver has finished as the quickest driver in each and every practice and qualifying session, enjoying an advantage of just 0.033 seconds in Q3 ahead of Hamilton.
With 24 points separating the warring Mercedes duo, this weekend’s race in Brazil will be the final prologue before their final championship encounter in Abu Dhabi. With twice any many points on offer at Yas Marina, the pressure will be on both drivers to get in the strongest position possible at Interlagos today.
Rosberg will lead the grid away from pole position, and although Hamilton does not need to win in Brazil this weekend, he is still determined to extend his streak of victories to six. Should he beat Rosberg once again, he would need to finish in the top five in Abu Dhabi to secure the championship.
Hoping to spoil Mercedes’ party is Williams. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will start third and fourth on the grid, and ran the Silver Arrows close on Saturday. Be sure to keep an eye on them during today’s race.
FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE
- Daniil Kvyat takes the second half of his grid penalty from Austin, having been unable to serve all of it due to a low qualifying position. He will start from 17th place.
- Sergio Perez also serves his penalty from Austin, dropping to 18th after taking out Adrian Sutil on the first lap of the United States Grand Prix.
STARTING GRID FOR THE 2014 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3. Felipe Massa Williams
4. Valtteri Bottas Williams
5. Jenson Button McLaren
6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren
8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
11. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
17. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
18. Sergio Perez Force India
You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET today.