I'll be here for the next few hours to take you through it all. Mexico (AFP) Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start in pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday after beating the Ferrari cars of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel in qualifying on Saturday. These discussions have slowly but surely started.”, UPDATE: He’s OK! @ValtteriBottas has been seen at the Medical Centre and has returned to the Paddock. What can Leclerc do next up? ET tomorrow afternoon. It has been inevitable that Hamilton will be crowned champion for quite some time now, and other things look look more appealing and, to be honest, interesting. Following the German GP where he secured pole position, Hamilton had to wait for ten GP weekends before securing another. Pierre Gasly arrived to the paddock with an upset stomach. Verstappen took the pole position for this 71-lap race around the 17-turn, 2.674-mile (4.303-kilometer) Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course in Mexico City, Mexico by recording a track record lap time of 74.758 seconds (128.767 miles per hour). It’s not great. The soft tyres have been pretty dodgy here all weekend. 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That said, that incident was for double waved yellows. Top six all on medium tyres, by the way. So no divergent starting tyre strategy. “Lewis has a clear opinion on where he sees himself in the future, and we are and have always been very loyal to our drivers. No.". Will he stay there? Verstappen looking quick, though. I hope to have a good start tomorrow, it's a long race. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. But we will see. C.LECLERC Ferrari 1'15''024. It was, I believe, a single yellow flag rather than a double one. Verstappen’s pole came 12 months after he was denied becoming F1’s youngest-ever pole sitter in Mexico by former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Bottas in is the wall in the final turn, that has surely to be a red flag! I wonder if Vettel made a bit of a mess of the rest of the lap after that brilliant sector one. Formula One F1 - Mexican Grand Prix - Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, Mexico City, Mexico - October 26, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position … F1 qualifying, RESULT- Mexican Grand Prix 2019: Max Verstappen lands controversial pole as Valtteri Bottas suffers big crash in final seconds Max Verstappen took pole position … Hamilton’s fourth place is his worst ever start in Mexico, and you have to go back to the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix – a gap of more than 10 years – since he last won from that position. No! Subscribe to our daily newsletter! Thankfully for them there wasn't too much meaningful running due to the damp track but Renault are not in a great place this weekend. Didn't improve enough to make it through. Could be an interesting hour or so. But I am not sure this is a wise move from Ferrari. Red Bull looking strong, Ferrari yet to really show up. In some ways it's not surprising. Max Verstappen secured pole position for Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix by going fastest in qualifying at Mexico City. And their entire season hasn't been a great deal better. “I think that this Ferrari thing has maybe been blown out of proportion,” he said. Just overdriving it there. Not likely to be any damage there, other than to his ego. 26-10-2019 23:25 . 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Those softs have been chewed up pretty quickly here. Team principal Toto Wolff said the team were “90 per cent confident” of avoiding that fate. It is unlikely that Hamilton will outscore Bottas by the points he needs in Mexico, having done so by that margin only once this season. Sections of this page. In 2021, everything is different, but ultimately the cars’ performance is what counts most for the top guys. Absolutely not. LECLERC: "Red Bull was very quick. The Mercedes juggernaut built up such an advantage in the early races that their sixth consecutive title has seemed inevitable since May. It was a bit of an anti-climax but he was improving on his previous time. Red Bull's Max Verstappen has been demoted from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by a penalty for ignoring warning flags. It'd be some achievement for Sainz to finish P6 in the championship. I think, after qualifying with a time exactly the same as the Dutchman in Japan, I reckon Albon will be at least four tenths behind him this time. Sign Up. 2019 Mexican Grand Prix Posted on . And below is the points scored from rounds 1-6 and then from rounds 7-17. And what style to do it at the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP as 2019 … #F1Mexico. Both Toro Rosso cars out there on the medium compounds. I am not sure about this one. NASCAR Pole Position Oct/Nov 2019. But Wolff appeared to scotch the Ferrari links altogether. Not sure about that. As is Hamilton. The incident could yet have major ramifications, though, in his battle with Hamilton for the championship, especially if Mercedes are forced to incur a grid penalty by changing engine parts. Copy link Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Max Verstappen has been stripped of his pole position in for the Mexican Grand Prix, as the Dutchman got penalised for not slowing down when passing the wreckage of Valtteri Bottas at the final corner of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Verstappen’s pole came 12 months after he was denied becoming F1’s youngest-ever pole sitter in Mexico by former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. He clipped the wall on the outside of the final turn, lost his front wing and then ended up sliding along the barrier before going in quite heavily. But it just looks bad to not abort your lap. POSITION TIME POINTS; 1 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes: 1:36:48.904: 25: 2 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari +1.766s: 18: 3 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes +3.553s: 15: 4 Charles Leclerc LEC Ferrari +6.368s: 13: 5 Alexander … Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free. The most interesting battle in there? It's been a strange couple of days around the F1 paddock, really. Double yellow and purple last sector for Max is a bad combination. They had a lot of time in their pocket but I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry. /VCG Photo It is a discussion worth having and many other drivers have given their opinions, too, but it has overshadowed the actual business of the championship. For sixth. It also emerged that Hamilton would all but certainly end his career at Mercedes, with Wolff indicating that the five-time world champion would spurn a move to Ferrari in favour of signing a final contract at the Silver Arrows. What chance of him making it out? Note - Kvyat received a post-race, 10-second time penalty after hitting the rear of Hulkenberg. I'm going to say yes. A shame after such an amazing performance by him. Should the reigning champion keep that position in the race, and his only challenger Valtteri Bottas finish outside the points, then another Formula One crown will be his. Max Verstappen stripped of pole position in Mexico. “It’s important that the FIA are really strict about the double yellow flags,” he said. But, I mean, does he really need that helmet? I mean, I think they're going to be fine to make it through but there's no insurance here. But Vettel isn’t ready to claim another pole position just yet. Leclerc scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Lewis Hamilton has strongly defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy over his recent environmental stand, claiming that despite his constant global travel as a Formula One driver, he is taking several steps to ensure he ends the year carbon-neutral. But for the Mexican Grand Prix, a race he hasn’t failed to win since 2016, at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the 22-year-old Dutchman took the pole position, his second pole position of the season and of his Formula 1 career. Or will Ferrari claim their sixth pole position in a row? He has led 138 of the 142 laps at the track over the last two years after starting in second place in both years. Verstappen also backs off. The top speed we have is very good" #MexicoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/QN1GzovffK, VETTEL: "I think the car was good, but it would have been nice to have been higher up. Russell being in a car this poor in 2020 will not be great. The Mercedes in formation, led by Bottas. 25 - 27 Oct Schedule; News; Circuit; RACE REVIEW. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen speaks with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the Mexico Grand Prix qualifying session at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City October 26, 2019. Sign Up. Perez gets in with a very decent time there, ahead of both Renaults and McLarens. Leclerc runs wide and that'll be the end of his lap! The stewards’ sanction relegated the Dutchman to fourth on the grid, while elevating Hamilton to third. Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 26, 2019 in Mexico City (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) MEXICO CITY – OCTOBER 27: Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP19 being pushed on the grid by mechanics during the 2019 Formula One Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos … Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020: What time does the race start today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds? 4. Lewis Hamilton 1:36:48.904 Sebastian Vettel +1.766 Valtteri Bottas +3.553 RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS. GREEN LIGHT! Max Verstappen’s scandalous comments cost him pole position in Mexico as rivals accused him of arrogantly playing by his own rules. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc joined the Dutchman on […] But he's also within a tenth of Grosjean ahead of him. Sainz on mediums but 0.007s outside of the top 10. And welcome back to the final run of four races to end the season, starting in Mexico. Is this the first race where a Mercedes has not qualified in the top three? In the final 20 minutes it cleared up enough for soft running and Ferrari were again quickest, this time with Charles Leclerc leading Vettel. 26th October 2019, 23:26 27th October 2019, 12:21 | Written by Keith Collantine. Not the first and not the last today. While the Finn, who was heard breathing very heavily in the moments after the impact, was given the all-clear by doctors, his team face a frantic repair job to ensure that his car is race-ready. You can't have drivers not lifting for crashes. Formula 1 Gran Premio De México 2019… UK Sport Published : Oct 26, 2019. Subscribe to our daily newsletter! Mercedes were a little closer (around a tenth away) but it may be too much for them to challenge Ferrari and the second row could be a more reasonable target. It was but the latest twist in a weekend of intrigue. Published: 27 Ottobre 2019 06:43. It can all unravel in the blink of an eye A welcome sight to see Valtteri out of the car #MexicoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/EyAdqkA7rY. At the moment we believe Verstappen ignored single waved yellows. Mercedes. Even with Bottas’ travails, the odds remain stacked against Hamilton. Max Verstappen claimed pole position in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, Round 18 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, in a dramatic session which ended early when Valtteri Bottas crashed heavily in the dying moments of the session. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, Haas teammates Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean and ROKiT Williams teammates George Russell, a rookie, and Robert Kubica were eliminated following the first round of qualifying for the race after qualifying in 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively. Tomorrow, the start will be very important. Red Bull's Max Verstappen has been demoted from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by a penalty for ignoring warning flags. Leclerc made a mess of his final hot lap but not as big a mess as Bottas. — AFP pic. Race weekend. End of season F1 driver rankings: Who were the star performers of 2020? Lap time deleted and a penalty normal procedure. 26th October 2019, 23:26 27th October 2019, 12:21 | Written by Keith Collantine. Bottas is out of his car and okayHe qualifies in P6#MexicoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/H6F4CRuVdL. Lewis Hamilton could clinch the championship in Mexico, but is he the favourite to win the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix as Max Verstappen aims to make it three in a row? A little. Breaking News. Another seemingly scruffy lap from Norris, unless he went out on used tyres. There's also a pit lane incident between Ricciardo and Kvyat being investigated re: unsafe release. The 2019 Mexican Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 27 October 2019 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.The race was the 18th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 21st running of the Mexican Grand Prix, and the 20th time that the race had been run as a World … 11th with a free tyre choice (or starting on the mediums) means it's a risk worth taking. The ultimate gift for racing fans! Have Red Bull been hiding their hand? MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 25: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 25, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Valtteri Bottas took the pole position for the fifth race on the 2019 Formula 1 schedule, the Spanish Grand Prix, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Not sure if Albon backed off like Verstappen towards the end but if he didn't he's a fair way behind him. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images). Verstappen goes quickest! Fifth for Albon is a career-best start while Botta - who went to the medical centre following his crash and given the all-clear - was sixth.