Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Ferrari's Vettel grabs pole position for Mexican Grand Prix

Kristopher Love | 30 October, 2017, 15:34

"I think these last three races will be pretty close between the top three teams".

Even so, the Mercedes driver (331 points) can clinch his third F1 title of the past four years with a fifth-place finish or better in Sunday's race.

"It depends on Lewis".

"We [need to] maybe take a bit more of a humble stance and accept the fact that the engine needs to be managed. We deserve a good result, Ferrari deserves a good result, so let's see what happens".

"I instructed his engineer that under no circumstances tell him that Seb Vettel had relieved him of a few euros". We have been racing for two years here.

Despite Max Verstappen only managing P2 thanks to a magical lap set by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take pole, Red Bull have looked strong all weekend.

Verstappen narrowly missed out on pole position at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where he was pipped by Sebastian Vettel by 0.086s.

Verstappen had risked losing his front-row slot after being summoned to the stewards for allegedly impeding Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas in the second phase of the session, but they chose to take no further action.

"Second is good but not given the way it went".

"Daniel was with a very new engine as well, so I don't know".

"It's his [Bottas'] own problem, isn't it, if he out-brakes himself at the next corner".

"Unbelievable. We couldn't slow him down", Horner told Sky F1. I had understeer, and you need to turn the vehicle into the low-speed corners very quickly and that was not happening in Q3.

French driver Esteban Ocon qualified sixth and ahead of Force India team mate and local hero Sergio Perez, who will line up a disappointing 10th. "The big challenge in the race was trying to slow him down, not speed him up, which is very unusual!"

The pair have subsequently mended fences and Perez has called on his fans to show respect to his team mate.

He qualified ninth today, right behind his seasoned teammate.

"All we could do was manage temperatures on Max's auto and keep them as cool as possible", he said. It's very slippy for all of us, easy to make a mistake and very hard to find that limit and where to understand where exactly it is, [where] you can push, where you can't and where you have to be careful and there he goes four-tenths quicker than everyone's a bit, 'How do I do that?'

Verstappen made clear talking to NBCSN after qualifying he felt he had done nothing wrong, and was soon whisked away to state his case before the FIA stewards in Mexico. He was then forced to start down at 16th on the grid after Red Bull copped a penalty for making engine changes.