Max Verstappen claimed his first ever pole position for Red Bull in qualifying for the Mexican GP at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, beating out the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes had looked quick throughout the practice sessions, and led the early running in qualifying, but Verstappen ultimately was able to move into another gear in Q3 and secured pole with a time three tenths faster than Russell in second.
Home hero Sergio Perez could only manage 4th after early issues in the session with his DRS deployment, while the Ferrari’s of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were some way off the pace in 5th and 7th, split by a strong showing for Alfa Romeo and Valtteri Bottas.
F1 2022 Mexican GP – Qualifying Results
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:17.775|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.353|
|6||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+0.626|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||Eliminated in Q2|
|12||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||Eliminated in Q2|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||Eliminated in Q2|
|14||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||Eliminated in Q2|
|15||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||Eliminated in Q2|
|16||Mick Schumacher||Haas||Eliminated in Q1|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Eliminated in Q1|
|18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||Eliminated in Q1|
|19||Alex Albon||Williams||Eliminated in Q1|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||Eliminated in Q1|