F1: Lewis Hamilton crashes out in Q1 at Interlagos

In his first race since securing a fourth F1 world title, Lewis Hamilton suffered the ignominy of crashing out in Q1 at Interlagos.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (right) walks away from his car after crashing during the qualifying session at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo.   -  AP

It is a good thing Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up a fourth Formula One world title, as the Mercedes driver crashed out of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix before he had even set a time on Saturday.

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The opening qualifying session was red-flagged almost immediately when Hamilton lost control of his car on his first flying lap.

The newly crowned world champion slid off the track and into a tyre wall, forcing a halt as his car was cleared away.

 

Hamilton, who sealed the title in Mexico last time out, is now set to start from the back of the field at Interlagos on Sunday in the season's penultimate race.

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He last failed to make it out of Q1 in Belgium last year, 27 races ago.

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