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Lewis Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying on his first lap

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The Formula One World Championship might already be sewn up but Lewis Hamilton will start the Brazilian GP from the back of the grid after crashing out within minutes of qualifying starting.

The Brit crashed on his first lap on Turn 6 after entering the corner far too fast.

His car skidded off the track and into the barriers.

Fortunately, the Mercedes driver avoided any injury - other than damaged pride.

Incidentally, Hamilton has never won a race after being crowned champion and the looks very unlikely to change after this latest setback.

Watch: Hamilton's crash

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Interesting, Hamilton admitted that he might help Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the final two races as he trails Sebastian Vettel by 15 points.

Before the Brazil GP, he said: "I don’t think they are going to ask. Valtteri wants to get it on merit.“He has been working hard throughout the year and is focused more than ever, so I know he wants to do it on his own.

“But if the team asks me, then for sure!

“As I said before, my mentality for the last two races is to win – and I have not been told otherwise."


It’s unlikely that he’s going to be able to do anything to help Bottas from the back of the grid now, though.

Hamilton’s crash sums up a terrible few days for him and Mercedes.

Earlier on Saturday, the world champion revealed how his team had been held at gunpoint after Friday’s practice session.

He'll be hoping that the actual race goes a bit smoother but he's certainly got his work cut out now.

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