Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) took the ‘pole position’ of the Grand Prix of Mexico in the twentieth round of the Formula One World Championship this Saturday, despite facing ups and downs with his car in free practice.
For the second year in a row, the already world champion will look to be the first rider this Sunday with 14 wins in a season. This Saturday he signed the nineteenth pole of his career and the sixth of this season.
The Dutchman overtook two Mercedes drivers, the British George Russell and Lewis Hamilton; His teammates, Mexican Sergio Pérez, and Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), who will start from fifth place on the grid this Sunday.
After Q2, which had a difference of 63 thousandths between the five drivers, Q3 began at a very high speed, despite the high temperature on the track, which reached 50 degrees.
Sainz entered the last minute of eight, saved the cut in pursuit of pole, and left everything ready for a great fight, with Mercedes in better position for the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez’s best adaptation to the track, above sea level at 2,240 m.
Verstappen, who was silent, took the first shot of 1m17.947s, and in the second start he improved to 1m17.775s to claim his sixth pole position of the course.
“Tomorrow’s race is going to be a close one, it will depend a lot on what we can do with strategy,” said Max Verstappen, who has won the drivers and teams title with ‘Checo’ Perez .
Sainz, who will start from fifth, will be bidding to win his second race of the season and some retirement.
The race will see an expected duel between Charles Leclerc and Checo Pérez for second place in the drivers’ classification. Monegasque, with difficulties following a crash this Friday, will start on seventh and Mexican fourth.
Although Red Bull and Ferrari have been doubles of the season, with Mercedes featured in Mexico by Russell and Hamilton, the German team may be looking for their first win of the year, although Verstappen’s pole position won the best. In the moment the trends have changed. ,
The Mexican Grand Prix was the first time Mercedes dominated practice and it remains to be seen whether Russell and Hamilton have reserves left to stop Red Bull and Ferrari.
The height of Mexico City prevents better grip for the cars, which increases the difficulty in a race that looks to be one of the most exciting races of the year.