Bottas takes pole as Mercedes lock out the front row in the Mexican GP qualifying(full results)

Bottas takes pole as Mercedes lock out the front row in the Mexican GP qualifying(full results)

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the Mexican GP, leading a 1-2 for the Brackley team as Lewis Hamilton claimed second place.

In what was a surprising turn of events, Mercedes proved untouchable in the final part of qualifying as Bottas set a 1:15.875 on his first run in Q3. This was over a tenth quicker than what Hamilton managed, but it was Red Bull who shocked as they fell short in the crunch part of qualifying.

Having looked the favourites throughout the weekend, Verstappen was left scratching his head after falling 0.350 shy of what Bottas managed.

A reasonably scruffy first flying lap put him on the back foot, while his second run was ruined when AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda went off through the esses on the final runs. This distracted Sergio Perez, with the two cars being off the track and distracting Verstappen as he arrived at the scene.

Perez was left in fourth, with neither Red Bull improving on their second runs as a result of the incident.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly finished in fifth, just over a tenth shy of Perez and possibly highlighting just how far short Red Bull fell in the final part of qualifying.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finished sixth, having survived a scare in the first part of qualifying when he appeared to suffer a power unit issue leaving the pits. He managed to get the car fired back up to full power, going on to make it into Q3.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was seventh, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and Tsunoda in ninth. The Japanese driver will start on the Soft compound, having been the only driver in the top ten in Q2 to use the red marked tyres to get through the second part of qualifying.

Rounding out the top ten was McLaren’s Lando Norris, although he will start from the back of the grid as a result of an engine change grid penalty.


1Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m16.727s1m16.864s1m15.875s
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m17.207s1m16.474s1m16.020s
3Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m16.788s1m16.483s1m16.225s
4Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m17.003s1m17.055s1m16.342s
5Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m16.908s1m16.955s1m16.456s
6Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m17.517s1m17.248s1m16.761s
7Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m17.719s1m17.092s1m16.763s
8Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m16.748s1m17.034s1m16.837s
9Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m17.330s1m16.701s1m17.158s
10Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m17.569s1m17.473s1m36.830s
11Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m17.502s1m17.746s 
12Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m17.606s1m17.958s 
13George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1m17.958s1m18.172s 
14Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m17.897s1m18.290s 
15Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m18.126s1m18.405s 
16Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1m18.452s  
17Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m18.756s  
18Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m18.858s  
19Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m19.303s  
20Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m20.873s  

After being absent from the 2020 season calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Formula 1 returns to racing in Mexico this weekend.

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