Verstappen takes pole position at Mexico Grand Prix 2022

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Verstappen takes pole position at the Mexico Grand Prix 2022

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the pole position over the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in a scintillating qualifying session in Mexico City.

Hamilton led Q1 and repeated the feat in Q2, but his first Q3 run was chalked off for track limits, which meant Verstappen held a provisional pole over Russell. Final flying runs saw Verstappen improve again, this time to a benchmark of 1m 17.775s, to leave Russell second by 0.304s – as he had his final run chalked off for track limits – and Hamilton another 0.005s off in P3.

Home favourite Sergio Perez qualified fourth, 0.353s off the pace, and Carlos Sainz took fifth – over half a second off the pole.

Valtteri Bottas split the Ferraris, with the Alfa Romeo driver taking sixth ahead of Charles Leclerc, while Lando Norris qualified eighth for McLaren. The Alpines lined up ninth and 10th, Fernando Alonso ahead of Esteban Ocon to seal the intra-team qualifying battle.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo missed out on Q3 as he qualified 11th, ahead of Zhou Guanyu and then the AlphaTauris of Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly. Kevin Magnussen qualified 15th for Haas but will start last as he has a five-place penalty for taking his sixth engine of the season.

Mick Schumacher had a time deleted in Q1 and finished 16th, with the same time as Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in P17 – having set his time after the Haas. Lance Stroll, who qualified 18th for Aston Martin, is set to start 19th as he has a three-place penalty after a collision with Alonso in Austin.

Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi, who rounded out the standings in that order for Williams, will therefore be promoted two places apiece for Sunday’s race.

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE LA CIUDAD DE MÉXICO 2022 – QUALIFYING

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:19.222 1:18.566 1:17.775 16
2 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:19.583 1:18.565 1:18.079 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.169 1:18.552 1:18.084 19
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:19.706 1:18.615 1:18.128 18
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:19.566 1:18.560 1:18.351 17
6 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:19.523 1:18.762 1:18.401 18
7 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:19.505 1:19.109 1:18.555 18
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:19.857 1:19.119 1:18.721 19
9 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.006 1:19.272 1:18.939 15
10 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:19.945 1:19.081 1:19.010 18
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.279 1:19.325 14
12 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:20.283 1:19.476 12
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:19.907 1:19.589 13
14 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:20.256 1:19.672 15
15 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:20.293 1:19.833 17
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:20.419 11
17 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:20.419 10
18 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:20.520 10
19 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.859 10
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.167 10

Q1 107% time – 1:–.—

Note – Stroll penalised 3 grid places for causing a collision at the previous round. Magnussen penalised 5 grid places for use of additional power unit elements.

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