Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Valterri Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stun Red Bull in Qualifying – Follow LIVE Updates

Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Valterri Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stun Red Bull in Qualifying - Follow LIVE Updates
Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Valterri Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stun Red Bull in Qualifying - Follow LIVE Updates

Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Max Verstappen fastest in practice – Formula One season championship leader Max Verstappen posted the fastest time of Friday’s second practice at the Mexican Grand Prix. Verstappen’s Red Bull was more than half a second ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. The British ace even trailed Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who was more than 0.4 seconds behind practice leader in the high altitude and thin air of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was on Hamilton’s rear wheel in fourth after recovering from a crash in Friday’s first practice. Follow Insidesport.in for all Formula 1 and Mexican GP LIVE updates. 

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Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Valterri Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stun Red Bull in Qualifying – Follow LIVE Updates

Mexican GP Qualifying: Valtteri Bottas soaked up the pressure to take a sensational pole position for the Mexico City Grand Prix, as his Mercedes team upset the odds and outpaced favourites, Red Bull. The Finn was positioned on track to give championship contender and teammate Lewis Hamilton a tow on both runs in qualifying, but it was the Alfa Romeo-bound driver who was the fastest Silver Arrows car on Saturday.
“Bottas pumped in the quickest time on the first runs, with Hamilton 0.145s adrift and the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez struggling with the rears and unable to mount the challenge their practice pace had suggested,” stated an official release.
On the second run, home favourite Perez ran wide when he got distracted by AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda running off in front of him, which put him out of pole contention to the dismay of tens of thousands of fans who only have eyes for him.
His teammate Verstappen wasn’t far behind and had to back off slightly as a result of the Mexican’s off, but the reality is he was unlikely to have had the pace to challenge for pole anyway. It meant Mercedes secured an unlikely front-row lockout, the first time they have achieved the feat in Mexico since 2016, while Bottas took his third pole of the season and second in three races.
Verstappen ended up third – in what is only the sixth time this season that he has not been on the front row in 2021 – alongside Perez, with Pierre Gasly continuing his fine run of form in qualifying with a superb fifth, as Carlos Sainz recovered from an engine issue early on to take sixth.

Formula 1: Mexican GP LIVE: Valterri Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stun Red Bull in Qualifying – Follow LIVE Updates

“Honestly that first run in Q3 was one of my best laps,” said Valtteri Bottas, while Hamilton added: “I really have no idea [what changed]. I’m just as shocked as everyone but we’ll still take it.”

“Of course third is not amazing but I think it’s still better than starting second,” said Verstappen. The Red Bull ace leads Hamilton by 12 points heading into the final five races of the season.

Formula 1: Mexican GP Qualifying Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:16.727 1:16.864 1:15.875 23
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:17.207 1:16.474 1:16.020 22
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING 1:16.788 1:16.483 1:16.225 18
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING 1:17.003 1:17.055 1:16.342 18
5 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI 1:16.908 1:16.955 1:16.456 22
6 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:17.517 1:17.248 1:16.761 23
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN 1:17.719 1:17.092 1:16.763 17
8 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:16.748 1:17.034 1:16.837 22
9 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI 1:17.330 1:16.701 1:17.158 19
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN 1:17.569 1:17.473 1:36.830 19
11 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN 1:17.502 1:17.746 16
12 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING 1:17.606 1:17.958 18
13 63 George Russell WILLIAMS 1:17.958 1:18.172 13
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING 1:17.897 1:18.290 15
15 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE 1:18.126 1:18.405 13
16 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE 1:18.452 7
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS 1:18.756 8
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS 1:18.858 9
19 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS 1:19.303 9
20 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN 1:20.873 3

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Formula 1: Mexican Grand Prix Schedule 
Nov 5: Free Practice 1 (1. Bottas, 2. Hamilton, 3. Verstappen)
Nov 6: Free Practice 2 (1. Verstappen, 2. Bottas, 3. Hamilton)
Nov 6: Free Practice 3 – (1. Perez, 2. Verstappen, 3. Hamilton)
Nov 7: Qualifying – (1. Bottas, 2. Hamilton, 3. Verstappen)
Nov 8: Race – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM IST
Formula 1: Mexican GP live streaming details
Stars Sports Network are the official broadcasters for the Formula 1 races in India. The qualifying and main race will be aired on live television on the Star Sports Select Channels. Formula 1 Live streaming will be available on the Disney+Hotstar app.