Mexico City, Oct 29 (EFE).- Reigning two-time Formula One champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) took pole position here Saturday in qualifying for the Mexico Grand Prix.
“Yes. Let’s go, guys, let’s go. Very lovely, that. Good job,” the Dutchman shouted over the radio after setting the fastest time around the track at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Verstappen, who clinched his second consecutive F1 title earlier this month at the Japanese Grand Prix, is hoping to set a new record of most wins in a season – 14 – with a victory Sunday.
The Mercedes duo of George Russell and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished second and third, respectively, ahead of Verstappen’s teammate, Mexico’s own Sergio “Checo” Perez.
Checo, who was third in last year’s Mexico Grand Prix behind Verstappen and Hamilton, will be the clear favorite of the crowd on Sunday, while each of the Mercedes is looking for his first Grand Prix win of 2022 with just three races left.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) was fifth, followed by Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and the other driver for the Scuderia, Charles Leclerc of Monaco.
Though Verstappen is already champion and Red Bull has secured their first constructor’s title since 2013, there remain the battles for second place in both categories.
Leclerc is now second with 267 points, 2 ahead of Perez. Ferrari leads Mercedes in the constructor’s standings by 469 to 416. EFE