Mercedes surprised Red Bull with a qualifying turnaround to secure a front row lockout, Bottas sealing his 19th career pole position in F1 ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Red Bull struggled with the rear wing, with the team having to mend cracks with duct tape ahead of qualifying, before Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez saw their final laps of Q3 wiped out when Yuki Tsunoda derailed in front of them – leading to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner stating that they “got Tsunoda’d”.
The result of this left Verstappen in third place with his teammate Perez in fourth place, although he looks like the dominant team in training in Mexico City.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly again won the battle for the “best of the rest” with fifth place in qualifying, while Carlos Sainz Jr took sixth place for Ferrari just 0.002 seconds faster than McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Charles Leclerc had to settle for eighth place for Ferrari with AlphaTauri’s Tsunoda and McLaren’s Lando Norris rounding out the Q3 contenders, but both will start the Mexican GP from the back of the grid due to change penalties. powertrain.
Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) will also start from the back of the grid due to powertrain changes, with the latter also suffering a heavy crash in Q1, while George Russell takes five places for a gearbox. change in his Williams.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport images
When is the Mexican F1 Grand Prix?
Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021
Start time: 19:00 GMT, 13:00 local time
The 18th round of the 2021 F1 season, the Mexican GP on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, will start at 1:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT) on Sunday, November 7.
How to watch the Mexican GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports will live stream the Mexican GP, ââwith the race being broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will begin at 17:30 GMT before the start of the race at 19:00 GMT.
â¢ Channel: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
â¢ Start time: 5:30 p.m. GMT, Sunday November 7
Autosport will broadcast live text coverage of the Mexican GP here.
When can I watch the highlights of the Mexican GP?
In the UK, Channel 4 also broadcasts highlights from the Mexican GP at 11:35 p.m. GMT on Sunday. The full program will last an hour and 30 minutes, covering the pre-race, race highlights and initial post-race reaction to wrap up the main talking points of the race weekend.
Throughout the 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from every qualifying and race from every event. Highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 11:35 p.m. GMT, Sunday, November 7
Will the Mexican GP be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every training, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations and via the BBC Sport website.
Live coverage of the Mexican GP will begin at 6:45 p.m. GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.
Mexican GP weather forecast
The current weather forecast calls for sunny and dry conditions at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with a very low risk of rain during the race. The temperature is expected to be 20 degrees Celsius for the start of the race – eight degrees cooler than the US GP.
How many laps does the Mexican GP have?
The race is expected to cover 71 laps of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, covering a total distance of 305.354 km.