Hamilton had said after going fastest: “Firstly I am so happy to be back here in Brazil.
“One of the marshals that works here said I should use the Senna flag and colours more often because that is my first pole in a long time. It is crazy because it has been such a long time, it feels like my first.
“It has been so hard coming from the last race in Mexico, the team have worked flat-out and the man hours they have put in are insane.
“But today, was a really good qualifying session and I am super-happy with it.
“We have got the penalty on Sunday but I will give it everything I have got. It is not easy to follow here. It is going to be hard to catch Max but I will do my best to come through the field.”