Formula 1 qualifying Mexico: Mercedes cracks favored Red Bull

Surprise in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix! It was not the Red Bull team that was favored after the training sessions, but Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas who took pole position in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen follows with a respectable gap of four tenths of a second in third place, just ahead of local hero and stable mate Sergio Perez.

Verstappen also lost important tenths of a second because Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Perez went off the track on the last lap directly in front of him. “Stupid idiot,” the Dutchman complains on the radio.

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Later, Verstappen, who had to struggle with an oversteering Red Bull, explains: “It looks like we’ve lost our balance a bit.” But he announces: “There will still be a big fight.”

Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton praised: “Valtteri did a great job and I’m so proud of him. That increases our chances for tomorrow. I’m just as surprised with our pace as anyone, but I’m happy to take that with me. “Hats off to how Mercedes turned it,” analyzes Sky expert Timo Glock.

“Sport just never ceases to be fascinating at how things can turn,” says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff happily. “The car has gotten better and better through the sessions, the temperatures on the front and rear axles have suddenly been right. That was the secret. ”So the rising asphalt temperatures are helping Mercedes and damaging Red Bull.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is correspondingly in a bad mood: “That was a very good bluff from Mercedes. On the other hand, we did not manage to get the tires into the correct temperature window. And then there was this incident with Tsunoda, both of our cars got out. “
The two German pilots do their duty according to regulations. Mick Schumacher finished 18th, one place and three tenths of a second ahead of his Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin. Michael Schumacher’s son was disappointed. “I had problems with the set-up, sometimes understeer, sometimes oversteer.”

Sebastian Vettel just missed the entry into the final qualifying round and took eleventh place. At least he has a free choice of tires at the start of the GP on Sunday. “All in all, it was okay,” was the quick comment from the Hessian.

Vettel’s team-mate Lance Stroll ensures the first and only interruption of qualifying. Just a few minutes after the start of the session, he comes out of the last corner in the dirt with his Aston Martin and loses control of the racing car. The Canadian crashes into the gang first with the rear end, then with the rest of the car. The green racer is junk, but Stroll can get out unharmed. Aston Martin later tweeted: It was 12g when it hit.

Lance Stroll dismantles his Aston Martin.

The Aston Martin driver will start from last place on the grid on Sunday because his team has also installed a new Mercedes engine. “I got too far outside and lost the car. It’s a shame for the mechanics because there is a lot of extra work. ”

Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda and Lando Norris also received a starting place penalty for changing the drive. George Russell has to move back five places after a gearbox change. Both Vettel and Schumacher benefit from the penalty transfers. The Heppenheimer moves up two places to ninth, Schumacher even three.

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Disappointing result for double world champion Fernando Alonso: The Spaniard is eliminated in 16th place in the first qualifying section.

Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico

1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes 1: 15.875 min.
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +0.145 sec.
3. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +0.350
4. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +0.467
5. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +0.581
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +0.886
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +0.888
8. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +0.962
9. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +1.283
10. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +20,955
11. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 1: 17.746
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 1: 17.958
13. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams 1: 18,172
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo 1: 18.290
15. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 1: 18.405
16. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 1: 18.452
17. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1: 18.756
18. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas 1: 18.858
19. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas 1: 19.303
20. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1: 20.873

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