Lewis Hamilton won a rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix to take the Formula One title battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg into the season's last race, in Abu Dhabi in two weeks.
Rosberg, who is 19 points ahead, will be world champion if he wins Sunday's race and was 0.093 seconds quicker than Hamilton as they prepared for qualifying. It's the third straight race that Rosberg has been the runner-up behind Hamilton.
"Honestly, I felt quite comfortable all through qualifying as I have all weekend", said a cool and calm Hamilton, despite suffering from a cold.
"You often want a wet race when you are further behind to give you the opportunity to get ahead", Hamilton added.
"I'm good in all the conditions that will come, and I feel like we're the best prepared, I've the best team around me". I think this is only my second pole here.
Lewis Hamilton is not expecting any favours from Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen as he tries to keep his title hopes alive from pole at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean took an impressive seventh place in the Haas and will start ahead of both Force Indias, with Nico Hulkenberg eighth ahead of Sergio Perez in ninth.
Rosberg, race victor for the past two seasons in Brazil, can take his first title if he triumphs in Sunday's race or scores seven points more than Hamilton.
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Rosberg will be crowned Formula One's 33rd world champion on Sunday if Hamilton fails to prevent him from winning in Interlagos for a third consecutive year.
Rosberg, victor from pole in Brazil for the past two seasons, was quicker than Hamilton at the first split on his final lap but then faded to finish with a best of 1:10.838.
"There's some unpredictable weather forecast over the next few days, so opportunities can hopefully present themselves to put up a bit of a challenge", said Christian Horner, team principal for Red Bull, which has been Mercedes' No. 1 rival all season.
What Lewis needs - by accident or design (which isn't without precedent) - is a DNF from Rosberg while he takes the win.
Too good: Hamilton dominated all week in Brazil.
Hamilton led throughout and managed to stay on the same wet tyres for all 71 laps, as did Rosberg, who survived a big scare mid-race as he suffered a half-spin, but recovered the vehicle quickly to continue.
For retirement-bound Massa, in his 13th and final Brazil race, 13th will be the worst grid position of his career for his home event.