Mexico GP: George Russell and Lewis Hamilton rue miss pole but swear Max Verstappen will fight in race

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George Russell and Lewis Hamilton start behind Max Verstappen at the Mexico City GP, looking to deny the world champion’s record 14th victory in 2022; Watch the race live at 8pm on Sky Sports F1, with a ramp-up from 6.30pm

Last update: 29/10/22 23:49

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George Russell has been gutted after failing to take pole, but he is nonetheless confident he can win the race from second on the grid in Mexico City.

George Russell has been gutted after failing to take pole, but he is nonetheless confident he can win the race from second on the grid in Mexico City.

A rejuvenated Mercedes believe they missed a huge opportunity by losing to Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Mexico City GP, but George Russell insists they can beat the world champion on Sunday in the ‘fastest car‘ in the gate.

Mercedes, winless this season, were clear contenders for their second pole of 2022 on Sunday as they dominated two practice sessions and the first two qualifying segments – before being outclassed in the crucial Q3 finale by a familiar foe, Verstappen of Red Bull.

Verstappen eventually overtook the Mercedes pair by three tenths of a second in qualifying, with Russell making a mess of what he called a “terrible” final lap and Hamilton having both track limit and engine issues.

The changing and hotter track conditions also seemed to be catching up with the Silver Arrows.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen will start at the top of the grid ahead of the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start at the top of the grid ahead of the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start at the top of the grid ahead of the Mercedes pair of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

“It wasn’t good enough from all of us today,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports F1. “I think after P3 we had a car that was mega.”

Russell, who will start behind Verstappen in the front row after the lights go out, live on Sky Sports F1 Sunday at 8 p.m., with ascent from 6:30 p.m.added he was “at a loss for words” and “bitterly disappointed” after his lap, which was level with the Dutchman until a mistake in the final sector.

However, he is still defiant as he tries to deny Verstappen a record 14th win of the season.

“P2 is a great starting point,” Russell said. “I’m really proud of the work the team has done.

“It’s our best qualifying of the year for us, we were the fastest in every session except in Q3 unfortunately. There are a lot of promises to keep in mind.

Toto Wolff felt that Mercedes is going back

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Toto Wolff said Mercedes are “slowly but surely” recovering after George Russell qualified 2nd and Lewis Hamilton 3rd at the Mexico Grand Prix.

Toto Wolff said Mercedes are “slowly but surely” recovering after George Russell qualified 2nd and Lewis Hamilton 3rd at the Mexico Grand Prix.

“I think this weekend we had the fastest car and if you have the fastest car there’s no reason you can’t win the race.

“Max did a great job today, as he regularly does week after week, but it’s going to be very difficult to pass him. They are gaining around three tenths on us on the straight.

“We can definitely beat Red Bull for sure, but I don’t think we can make the overtake on the track. So we’re going to have to be strategic. I guess there will be Lewis and me there.” , we can be aggressive.”

Hamilton encouraged by Mercedes progress

Lewis Hamilton was pleased with the performance of his Mercedes after qualifying third for the Mexican Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton was pleased with the performance of his Mercedes after qualifying third for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was pleased with the performance of his Mercedes after qualifying third for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Mercedes can take solace in their progress – with their update from last weekend’s US GP pushing them forward – and the fact that one driver failed to take pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since 2016.

Hamilton, meanwhile, will start in the position from which the last two Mexican races were won, third.

The Englishman was hampered by a lap deletion on his first effort in Q3 in qualifying, meaning he couldn’t afford to push as hard on his final lap, which he finished just 0.005 seconds from his teammate.

Climb aboard with Max Verstappen as the Red Bull driver takes pole at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

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Climb aboard with Max Verstappen as the Red Bull driver takes pole at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Climb aboard with Max Verstappen as the Red Bull driver takes pole at the Mexico City Grand Prix.

“There are definitely positives from today,” Hamilton said. “For us to be second and third I think is amazing.

“The car felt good this weekend. I had a few issues with the engine in Q3, I’m not sure what it was, but I really feel like there was quite a bit left. time on the table.”

“Nevertheless, for us to be here and to be this close is amazing. Everyone at the factory should be really, really proud. I just hope we can race against these guys tomorrow.”

Mexico GP schedule live on Sky Sports F1

Sunday
6:30 p.m.: Grand Prix on Sunday: preparation for the Mexico GP
8 p.m.: THE MEXICO GRAND PRIX
10 p.m.: Checkered flag: Reaction from the Mexico GP
11 p.m.: Ted’s notebook
11:30 p.m .: Highlights of the Mexico GP

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