Charles Leclec shocked everyone at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and is first on the starting grid for the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix after a sensational lap to claim pole position in qualifying in the Ferrari.
Just behind the Monegasque, his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz lines up second on the grid in Mexico, ensuring a front row lockout for the Scuderia. Max Verstappen starts third for Red Bull.
Daniel Ricciardo performed well above expectations in the AlphaTauri as he will start fourth in Mexico and hopes to be fighting at the front in Sunday’s race. Hometown hero Sergio Perez is fifth on the grid for Red Bull.
Perez is in a battle with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton for second place in the drivers’ championship and the seven-time champion is beside him on the third row of the grid.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell is eighth on the grid, just behind Oscar Piastri in the McLaren. Meanwhile, both Alfa Romeos – Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou – are ninth and 10th on grid, respectively.
2023 Mexico City GP starting grid
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo|
|10||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo|
|13||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin|
|20||Lance Stroll*||Aston Martin|
- Yuki Tsunoda – Required to start from the back of the starting grid – Additional power unit elements have been used
- Logan Sargeant – 10 place grid penalty – Overtaking under yellow flag conditions
- Lance Stroll – Required to start from pit lane – Car modified whilst under Parc Fermé conditions