Lewis Hamilton takes 10th pole of the season in Mexico ahead of Nico Rosberg
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 29, 2016 Updated: 9:22 PM
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole position of the season. Hamilton set his fastest time on his first run in Q3. His teammate Rosberg struggled behind both Red Bulls in fourth. However, Rosberg found 0.3s to take second place ahead of the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, positioning him 0.079s behind Hamilton.
“It’s been a really solid weekend so far. Q3 was actually not great for me. Even though I got pole, it wasn’t a great lap. I had a pretty serious delta throughout the session before that but then lost quite a lot of time on my first Q3 lap and then more again on my second lap. I just didn’t put three sectors together in either of them,” said Hamilton.
“This weekend it took a bit longer to find my rhythm. At the end of Qualifying I was quite happy with how I felt in the car and managed to pull out a good lap – but Lewis was just a bit quicker. I’m not happy to have missed out on the pole position. But, on the other hand, starting from second place here is not that bad,” said Rosberg.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel who finished sixth and seventh. Valtteri Bottas was 0.481s ahead of his Williams teammate Felipe Massa. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten.
Fernando Alonso missed the top ten by 0.113s while the hometown hero Sergio Perez was only able to take 12th for Force India. McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button ended his day 13th and will start ahead of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in 14th and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson in 15th. Pascal Wehrlein did very well finishing 16th for Manor.
Esteban Gutierrez missed getting his car into Q2 by just 0.038s after spinning on his final run, settling for 17th ahead of Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso who suffered a technical issue which left him in 18th. Nineteenth went to the Sauber of Felipe Nasr with the second Manor of Esteban Ocon in 20th.
“Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t, but at least I know I gave it the maximum. When I got out of the car, I wasn’t very happy, but walking along the pit lane everybody was cheering, and it was an amazing feeling just to see their support. They’ve made a huge difference to our motivation and I really want to thank them all,” said Gutierrez.
Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean will start from 21st, the back row, after struggling with a number of issues with his car. The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer will start from 22nd after a cracked chassis forced him from qualifying before it started.