Max Verstappen shakes off Red Bull’s £6m fine to take pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix with Mercedes pair George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to start in second and third… but home favourite Sergio Perez has to settle for fourth

Max Verstappen took pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix – setting himself up for a record-breaking 14th win of the season on Sunday. Max Verstappen is storming and reaffirms his position at the top of the standings. Max Verstappen tops the qualifying table as he sets a time of 1:17:947 to jump ahead of Mercedes’ Russell. He comes in behind Lewis Hamilton and George Russell as Red Bull look to have both drivers in the final qualifying session. There isn’t long left of this second practice session with another five drivers set to be eliminated. Hamilton is looking to brake late on this sizzling Mexico track and appears to be going for it on his second lap as he sets another first sector quickest time. Max Verstappen struggled with his steering and will be hoping for an improved second qualifying round. Max Verstappen has just started his first qualifying lap and already isn’t happy with his car’s set-up. The five slowest drivers in this session will be eliminated and occupy grid positions 11 to 15.

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