2016 Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying Review

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But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the teams to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, McLaren, Ferrari, Toro Rosso or Force India may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Just before Qualifying, it was announced that Jolyon Palmer would not be running in the session due to problems with his chassis.

Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets in Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets in Q1. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q1, we saw Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.19.477, Kimi Raikkonen was second, Daniel Ricciardo was third, Sebastian Vettel was fourth, Max Verstappen was fifth, Nico Rosberg was sixth, Sergio Perez was seventh, Valtteri Bottas was eighth, Felipe Massa was ninth and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q1 we lose Esteban Gutierrez, Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Nasr, Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean.

At the end of the session, Esteban Gutierrez on his last flying lap spun on the circuit but was able to remain running, even though he would not take part in Q2.

Max Verstappen tops the timesheets in Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Max Verstappen tops the timesheets in Q2. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

In Q2, we saw Verstappen topping the timesheets with a lap time of 1.18.972, Hamilton was second, Vettel was third, Ricciardo was fourth, Rosberg was fifth, Hulkenberg was sixth, Raikkonen was seventh, Bottas was eighth, Massa was ninth and Sainz Jr rounded off the top ten finshers.

At the end of Q2 we lose Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Mexican GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Max Verstappen in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton claims Pole Position for the Mexican GP ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Max Verstappen in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

At the end of Q3, it was Hamilton who secured Pole Position for the Mexican GP with a lap time of 1.18.704. Rosberg qualified in second place 0.254 seconds behind Hamilton, Verstappen is in third 0.350 seconds behind Hamilton, Ricciardo is fourth 0.429 seconds behind Hamilton and Hulkenberg is fifth 0.626 seconds behind Hamilton.

Raikkonen is sixth 0.672 seconds behind Hamilton, Vettel in seventh 0.677 seconds behind Hamilton, Bottas is eighth 0.847 seconds behind Hamilton, Massa is ninth 1.328 seconds behind Hamilton and Sainz Jr rounds off the top ten finishers.

It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend; even if Hamilton has a challenge on his hands to get a result this weekend.

You cannot discount Ricciardo, Verstappen or Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes (and also Ferrari in Mercedes’ case) that could see gaining some points on their rivals to kick start their Constructors Championship.

Hulkenberg, Sainz Jr and Bottas could also have a decent race and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix on Sunday? I really don’t know.

But let’s see what happens on the circuit on race day on Sunday…

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