F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Bottas takes Mexican pole – Motorsport.com

Bottas will start in front of Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.
Q1 was eight minutes old when Lance Stroll lost control of his Aston Martin on the dirty track surface at the exit of the Peraltada corner and spun into the barrier, smashing the left-front wheel from the car.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fastest before the red flag, with a laptime of 1m17.991s. After the session restarted his time was beaten in rapid succession by Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri at 1m17.746s, Hamilton’s 1m17.576s, Bottas’s 1m17.516s, Sergio Perez’s 1m17.451s and then Verstappen’s 1m16.788s.
The Mercedes duo stayed out, Bottas dipping into the 1m16s bracket in P2 with 1m16.959s, while Hamilton rose to third on 1m17.207s. Bottas ran again, lowering the P1 time to 1m16.727s as the chequered flag flew, and Leclerc was second quickest, just 0.021s slower.
Falling at the first hurdle were Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), the Haases of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, and Stroll.
Everyone started this session on the medium tyre, with Perez setting the bar at 1m17.055s before Verstappen smashed it with a lap of 1m16.483s. Hamilton then jumped to P2, just 0.016s off Verstappen.
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda used soft tyres to vault up to P3, then Hamilton jumped to the top with 1m16.474s at the end of the session, pipping Verstappen by 0.009s.
Knocked out at this point were Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), George Russell (Williams, who has a five-place grid penalty), Antonio Giovinazzi (who spun his Alfa Romeo entering the stadium section) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine, who will start near the back due to an engine change).
On the first runs, Perez set the benchmark at 1m16.342, which was eclipsed by Verstappen’s 1m16.225s. Then the Mercedes duo flashed over the finish line, with Bottas taking P1 with 1m15.875s, ahead of Hamilton on 1m16.020s, 0.145s off his teammate’s pace.
On the second runs, nobody improved as Perez went off in the Esses – distracted by Tsunoda running wide ahead of him – while Verstappen was also delayed, then had a moment in the stadium section and a big slide at Peraltada.
Bottas scored his 19th career F1 pole, ahead of Hamilton, Verstappen and Perez. Gasly was the best of the rest in fifth, ahead of Sainz, Ricciardo and Leclerc. Tsunoda and Norris were ninth and 10th, but both will start from the back after an engine change.
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