F1 2021 Mexican GP Qualifying Results – Bottas takes pole

Valtteri Bottas takes shock pole in Mexico as Mercedes secure their first front-row lockout of the 2021 season.


Valtteri Bottas beat all expectations to take pole position for Mercedes at the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in second and over three tenths faster than F1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen in third.

Red Bull were strong favourites for a front row lockout, but home favourite Sergio Perez could only qualify in fourth after being forced to avoid the AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda on his final hot lap, impacting Verstappen’s last shot at pole and handing the advantage to the team’s title rivals for tomorrow’s race.

Below is a full breakdown of the qualifying results for the Mexican GP.

Full 2021 F1 Mexican GP Qualifying Results

Pos.DriverTeamQ3 Lap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:15.875
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.145
3Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.350
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.467
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.581
6Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari+0.886
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.888
8Charles LeclercFerrari+0.962
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+1.283
10Lando NorrisMcLaren+20.955
11Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated Q2
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated Q2
13George RussellWilliamsEliminated Q2
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa RomeoEliminated Q2
15Esteban OconAlpineEliminated Q2
16Fernando AlonsoAlpineEliminated Q1
17Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated Q1
18Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated Q1
19Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated Q1
20Lance StrollAston MartinEliminated Q1
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