Valtteri Bottas blisters to Mexican GP pole as Mercedes keep Red Bull at bay

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  • Lewis Hamilton will start second behind teammate
  • Championship leader Max Verstappen down in third

Valtteri Bottas proved that he and Mercedes can never be written off after claiming a remarkable pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix. The Finn was immaculate at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, beating Lewis Hamilton into second and securing a Mercedes one-two that had seemed unfeasible earlier in the weekend.

Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen could manage only third with his teammate Sergio Pérez in fourth as Red Bull were left licking their wounds. Verstappen and Red Bull had expected to be on top in Mexico, a feeling that had been reinforced by their strong form all weekend. Yet it was Bottas and Hamilton who delivered with calm assurance, Bottas claiming he could not have done any better. “It was an awesome lap,” he said. “I think the first run in Q3 was one of my best laps.”

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Written by Giles Richards
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/nov/06/valtteri-bottas-mexican-gp-pole-mercedes-keep-red-bull-at-bay-f1-qualifying under the title “Valtteri Bottas blisters to Mexican GP pole as Mercedes keep Red Bull at bay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.