Max Verstappen is already a two-time world champion but that doesn’t stop him. Last week he tied the record for most wins in a single season, with 13, and he is ready to beat it in any of the three races left in the year.
During qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix, ‘Mad Max’ took the pole position with a time of 1:17.775 seconds, far beyond the two Mercedes drivers, George Russell and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who recorded times of 1:18.079 and 1:18.084, respectively.
Another pole for ‘Super Max’
The Dutch driver obtained the 19th pole position of his career, so he has a good chance of winning the race this Sunday and reaching 14 wins in a season, which would set a new record.
His closest rivals, the Mercedes pilots, have had a good weekend and a good qualifying day. Hamilton even had the fastest time of the day until he was overtaken by Max.
For Ferrari it was not the qualifying they had hoped for, rounding off a weekend that has not been good for them. Charles Leclerc -who competes for second place in the championship with Sergio Perez– had an accident during free practice and today was seventh, with 1:18.555. His teammate, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, was fifth, with a time of 1:18.351.
Checo will start in the second row
Mexico’s Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez, who is racing his home Grand Prix and great favorite of the fans, was in fourth position during Qualy, with a time of 1:18.128, very close to Hamilton and with good possibilities to dispute the podium in Sunday’s race.
Checo will start from the second row, so he will be able to attack Lewis Hamilton from the start (whom he has already been able to overtake several times) and get into the fight to try to win the race in his country.
The Top 10 for tomorrow’s GP is completed by Valteri Bottas, who will start 6th with his Alfa Romeo; Lando Norris, who will start from eighth position in his McLaren; and the two Alpine drivers, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who will start from 9th and 10th places respectively.
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- Verstappen wants it all and takes the pole position for the Mexico City Grand Prix; ‘Checo’ Perez to start 4th
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