WELCOME to our Live coverage of all the action at the 2017 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.A breathless finish saw Sebastian Vettel win the qualifiers, so the German will start the Mexican GP on pole position.Lewis Hamilton could secure the title if he finishes in fifth place or higher. He will start from third.
Date:Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Track: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a stress-free cruise to his fourth world title were dashed last night as Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Mexican Grand Prix with a stunning final qualifying lap.
Although Hamilton, who starts third today behind Max Verstappen, remains firmly in the ascendant, holding a 66-point lead in the championship with just 75 left to compete for, Vettel added an extra complication by becoming only the fourth man in Formula One to achieve 50 pole positions.
Both races in Mexico have been won from the front since the country’s restoration to the calendar in 2015. Should his German rival convert the advantage to victory this evening, Hamilton will need to finish at least fifth to cement his status as a quadruple champion, joining Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Vettel himself.
With an unusually long run down to Turn One here at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, there promises to be a memorable opening skirmish. The last time Vettel and Verstappen were beside each other on the front row, they collided at the first corner of Singapore, in a shower of sparks and flying debris.
As Hamilton lurks behind them with his eye on history, the cocktail is likely to be explosive. “Yeah, we should have some fun,” he said, with a knowing grin.
Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the first part of qualifying but the presence of Vettel and Verstappen just 0.1secs behind them, despite using one grade harder tyres, suggested it would be difficult to stay there, and so it proved.
Hamilton said: “I gave it everything I could. The last lap could have been a couple of tenths quicker but I wouldn’t have been able to match those times [of the leading two]. We are still in for the win and I am hoping I get to have at least a battle with one of them.”