F1: Mexican Grand Prix 2016 the Final Grid
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton will start the 2016 Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix from the Pole position Sunday, team-mate Nico Rosberg will start in 2nd place.
The championship leader salvaged the spot on his final run Saturday after being well behind Mr. Hamilton’s pace throughout the practice sessions.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start from the 2nd row, and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg beat out Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel for 5th place.
Max Verstappen was the fastest man during the final practice session, beating both Messrs Hamilton and Ricciardo.
The final simulation runs were heavily affected by traffic, keeping the likes of Messrs Rosberg and Vettel from posting sharp times on the supersoft tires. Mr. Rosberg finished 6th, while Mr. Vettel took 6th after impressing earlier in the session.
Red Bull and Ferrari took the fight to MercedesAMG, but Mr. Hamilton reclaimed the Top Spot several laps into his run on the super-softs.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat dropped out of the session with a power issue, failing to qualify for the second session.
A spin by Esteban Gutierrez meant Mr. Grosjean had to abandon his final flying lap, knocking both Haas cars out in the 1st session.
Most of the teams went with the soft tyires for the second session, where MercedesAMG looked dominant Friday.
Once again, Mr. Hamilton took the early advantage, with Mr. Rosberg losing more than half a second in the 1st 2 sectors.
Mr. Vettel blocked Mr. Hamilton, but the latter still set the fastest lap.
The full qualifying results are below:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:19.054|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:19.133|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:19.330|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:20.378|
|12||Sergio Pérez||Force India||1:20.287|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:21.454|
|22||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||No time|