World champion Max Verstappen secures first ever pole in Mexico

World champion Max Verstappen secures first ever pole in Mexico

Champion of the world Max Verstappen of Red Bull will kick off the Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix starting from the pole for the first time this Sunday night.

In 2019 Verstappen was fastest in qualifying but was forced to drop three grid spots because of a yellow flag infraction that pushed the Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to the pole. The same was not the case in the race for the 26-year-old Dutchman this time around, who set a record-breaking time in 1:17.775 as well as an average velocity of 199.220 km/h, which earned him his sixth pole in 2022, and 19th in the course of his F1 career.

The expectations of a large number of Mexican fans were shattered by the fact that Sergio Perez could not join his teammate in the front row after finishing fourth fastest.

Russell had brake problems throughout the day but apologized to his Mercedes team following his final lap in which he slipped upon entering Foro Sol. Foro Sol was unable to catch Red Bull. 

Ferrari could not be any better than a fifth place for Carlos Sainz and seventh for Charles Leclerc, as Sainz claimed: “We were fighting the car too much,” however, the real surprise was Valtteri Bottas sandwiched in between the two.

Bottas is now 33 and was on the pole in his 33rd race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the last season for Mercedes However, to be placed in the top six of the world championship of his Alfa Romeo is in some ways a more impressive performance.

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The three last positions among the top 10 spots are held with three teams: the McLaren with Lando Norris as well as both Alpines consisting of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon – another intriguing prospect for the coming Sunday as the two teams fight to be fourth in the Constructors Championship.

In the second row just behind them is Daniel Ricciardo in the second McLaren which had to be eliminated at the end of Q2 together with Chinese debutant Zhou Guanyu in the other Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri pair Yuki Tsunoda as well as Pierre Gasly, in addition to Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.

It was a significant occasion for the Haas team when Magnussen qualified for the second round of qualifying -the first time that this American team has taken the driver eliminated from qualifying in Mexico. But, Magnussen carries a grid penalty and is slated to be relegated with teammate Mick Schumacher was sixth at some point.

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