Watch live qualifying on Sky Sports F1 from 8pm, with preparation from 7pm; Does Mercedes have any hope of denying Red Bull a front row lockout in Mexico?
by James Galloway
Last updated: 21/06/21 18:07
Red Bull appeared firmly in the pit box at the Mexico City Grand Prix after its speed advantage over Mercedes showed no signs of waning in final practice, even though it was home favorite Sergio Perez and not Max Verstappen. to be the fastest.
Red Bull’s 0.4-second lap advantage over their title rivals on Friday increased to 0.651 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton finishing third.
“Six and a half tenths?” a dejected-sounding Hamilton replied when told of the gap from Perez in the closing minutes of the session.
Verstappen abandoned his last attempt after losing grip on his last set of soft tires, which allowed teammate Perez to slip in for a best time of 1: 17.024 – much to the delight of the great and partisan home crowd at the suggestive Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack.
Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas were third and fourth respectively and appear to have everything to do to deny a Red Bull front row lockout in qualifying from 8pm, live on Sky Sports F1.
Carlos Sainz’s promising start to the weekend continued in fifth place for Ferrari, ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda.
Two more engine penalties were confirmed during the session, with McLaren’s Lando Norris and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon joining Tsunoda and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll in Sunday’s bottom grid starts for exceeding element limits. of the power unit.
Williams’ George Russell, meanwhile, suffers a five-spot penalty on the grid for a gear change.
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