This is what Verstappen had to say celebrating his pole lap prior to his penalty.
Max Verstappen prior to finding out about his grid penalty
Yeah it’s been quite an interesting day but of course to come out on top was incredible. The last few races we knew Ferrari were going to be really quick on the straight but for us to come back like this and take pole position like this, a big thank you to the team. They kept pushing very hard and bringing new parts to the car and it showed today that we are very quick.
Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying Official Results
Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying: Q3 Session Summary
Most teams go into Q2 on the medium tyres but pit to throw on on the red-tipped C4s as you begin the race on the compound you end Q2 on. Hamilton continues his struggles as he misses the apex of turn 11. Two tenths of a second separate 7th place and 11th place. For the final run in Q2, Mercedes show they are committed to starting race on the medium tyre as Red Bull and Ferrari start on red tyres. The Red Bulls also back off their runs to give themselves flexibility but it appears the top teams feel the medium tyres switched to a hard compound will lead to the best race.
Christian Horner had this to say about his young Red Bull rookie Alex Albon following his shunt in FP2:
Christian Horner, Team Boss Red Bull Racing
It’s been a solid start [for Alex].
The circuit is evolving as it rubbers in.
…Generally it’s a respectable start and for Alex’s first time on the track it’s pretty decent, too.
Below are the drivers caught in the elimination zones and knocked out in Q2:
Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying: Q1 Summary
Valtteri lead the qualifying session with a time of 1:15.5 but the tyres are a step harder than they were this time one year ago at the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit. Sebastian Vettel runs a second provisional lap on softs to go clear in the safe zone with both Red Bull Racing drivers throwing down the gauntlet early topping early Q1 start.
Below are the drivers caught in the elimination zones and knocked out in Q1:
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