Mexican GP Classification: Valtteri Bottas took pole position, while Checo Pérez will start in fourth

Bottas celebrates his outstanding qualifying race with the stands / Pérez acknowledged that it will be a difficult competition (Photo: Twitter / F1)

The second day of activities Grand Prix of Mexico 2021 of the Formula 1 concluded with the classification of the pilots for the Grille output this Sunday in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

It will be the team of Mercedes Benz who will start in the 1st and 2nd placewell the finnish Valtteri Bottas he was left with the “pole”, with a time of 1:15.875 in his best turn; while his English teammate, the reigning champion, lewis hamiltonhad 1:16.020.

“Long live Mexico!”Bottas yelled towards the stands as he got off his bowling ball.

Valtteri did an amazing job, I’m very proud of him, he’s been driving very well these last few races. We didn’t think we had the pace this weekend, so to start from the front row is something special. I am as surprised as everyone, “Hamilton said at the end in an interview with the F1.

(Photo: Twitter/MercedesAMGF1)
Lewis Hamilton seeks to remove Verstappen from the lead (Photo: Twiiter/MercedesAMGF1)

With this, Mercedes-Benz reaffirms that although Red Bull Racing is the great favorite to win the Mexican GP, ​​it is the team with the best chance of snatch the race and jeopardize your leadership in the drivers’ championship.

In third place will come the jewel of the “Red Bull” and top favourite, the Dutchman max verstappen, with a time of 1:16.225. And in fourth place his teammate, the Mexican Sergio “Checo” Perezwho marked 1:16.342 and after an error in his last lap attempt that cost him an exit from the track.

It is worth mentioning that during practice this Friday, the man from Guadalajara lost control of his car in the cornering area and damaged his wing; He even got out of the vehicle on the side of the track with an obvious gesture of disappointment.

For Pérez, this damage affected his classification, since he recognized that his wing is not 100 percent. This is what he said in an interview for Fox Sports.

Red Bull's Sergio Pérez in action during qualifying (Photo: Reuters)
Sergio Pérez of Red Bull in action during qualifying (Photo: Reuters) (ANDRES STAPFF /)

“(Mercedes) They were very competitive throughout the qualifying. We had to change the rear wing on my car and I think that from then on it wasn’t the same for qualifying and Mercedes did bring out its full potential. they were very strong […] Tomorrow anything can happen, it is a very long race and we have to be patient”

The first ten places were completed by French Pierre Gasley, of AlphaTauri; the Spanish Carlos Sainz, from Ferrari; the aussie Daniel Ricciardoof McLaren; the monegasque charles leclerc, from Ferrari; the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda, from AlphaTauri; and the british Lando Norrisby McLaren.

Vestappen furious at losing pole

About the end of the qualifying race (Q3), just after the mishap in which Checo Pérez crossed the grass when leaving the track (in which he was also Yuki Tsunoda), Verstappen said on his team radio: “Unbelievable, what a stupid idiot!”but it was not clear which of the two he called that way.

What did become clear is that this detail subtracted more than two tenths of a second to Max in that sector and left him in third place.

(Photo: Instagram/maxverstappen1)
(Photo: Instagram/maxverstappen1)

In a press conference, the leader of the 2021 season stated that “two pilots” ahead of him on his last lap spoiled his chances of taking pole position in Mexico, but he maintained that from third position he has something to fight Mercedes with.

“In the last lap everything was going very well, but then I don’t know what happened in front of me. There were two guys coming out (of the grass) so I thought there was going to be a caution, I went back and with that the lap of course was destroyed

“Even with that, and without having great balance, I think we could have gone for pole lap. Of course, third is not surprising, but I think it’s better than starting second,” he added.

With a boisterous Hermanos Rodríguez racetrack, Mexico City will experience this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. his Formula 1 Grand Prix. Both TUDN as Fox Sports will broadcast the event.


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