Max Verstappen on pole at the Mexico City Grand Prix
October 30 2022 , 9:42 am
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole for the Mexico City Grand Prix, fending off a challenge from Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes had one of their most competitive qualifying performances this year but Verstappen was too quick, taking pole by 0.304 seconds.
Briton Russell held on to second place despite a mistake on his final lap.
Countryman Hamilton recovered from having his first lap deleted to take third, 0.05secs slower than Russell.
Ferrari, the pole position kings of 2022 so far, were nowhere – Carlos Sainz was in fifth place, behind the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, and 0.576secs from pole.
Team-mate Charles Leclerc, who has more poles than anyone so far this year, was edged out by the upgraded Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas and could manage only seventh place.
McLaren’s Lando Norris was eighth, ahead of the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
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