Imperious Hamilton beats Verstappen for Brazil sprint race pole

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World champion Lewis Hamilton beat title rival Max Verstappen by almost half a second on Friday in qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix for the final sprint race of the season. Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by 19 points in the championship, will then also need a top result in Saturday’s sprint because that determines the grid or Sunday’s proper race where he will be docked five places on the grid for an engine change. In addition, a sprint race win is worth three championship points in their fierce battle with four races left. On Sunday, the winner gets 25 points. Mercedes driver Hamilton …

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