Starting Grid for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas claimed a surprise pole for the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix, leading Mercedes' first one-two in qualifying this year

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Valtteri Bottas claimed his third pole of the 2021 F1 season with the Finnish driver leading Mercedes‘ first one-two in qualifying this season after pipping his teammate Lewis Hamilton by over a tenth of a second at the circuit Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Max Verstappen will start third despite the Red Bull driver’s superior pace during the weekend’s second and third practice sessions, with his teammate and home hero Sergio Perez qualifying fourth.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly will start fifth, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc will start eighth with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen were promoted to ninth and tenth respectively after a host of drivers were hit with grid penalties.

George Russell is the first of the aforementioned penalized drivers with the Williams man starting 16th after a gearbox change. Other casualties include AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll with the four drivers starting at the rear of the grid after changing elements on their power units.

Mexican GP Full Starting Grid

Pos.DriverTeam
1Valtteri BottasMercedes
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes
3Max VerstappenRed Bull
4Sergio PerezRed Bull
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri
6Carlos SainzFerrari
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren
8Charles LeclercFerrari
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin
10Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo
12Fernando AlonsoAlpine
13Nicholas LatifiWilliams
14Mick SchumacherHaas
15Nikita MazepinHaas
16George RussellWilliams
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
18Lando NorrisMcLaren
19Esteban OconAlpine
20Lance StrollAston Martin

Grid Penalties

George Russell = Five place penalty for a gearbox change.

Yuki Tsunoda = Required to start from the back of the starting grid – Additional power unit elements have been used.

Lando Norris = Required to start from the back of the starting grid – Additional power unit elements have been used.

Esteban Ocon = Required to start from the back of the starting grid – Additional power unit elements have been used.

Lance Stroll = Required to start from the back of the starting grid – Additional power unit elements have been used.

John Smith
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