Sebastian Vettel surprised himself with Mexico pole lap

Ross Houston
October 30, 2017

The German now has a great chance to win Sunday's race, barring any recurrence of Ferrari's recent reliability problems, but he also knows the title outcome is out of his hands.

He aborted his first lap, gong so slowly through the stadium section at the end of it that the following Bottas only just missed his auto, and as a result outbraked himself at the next corner and headed for the pits. "If I get a good start and am in a good position I will go for it". "I don't think I've ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in the race maybe", Hamilton said.

Vettel edged Verstappen by 0.086 seconds Saturday for pole position.

"I think he got a bit bored out there at times".

"We have a minor bonus system regarding fastest lap, which I'm thinking of eradicating", joked Horner.

"I said to him "forget everything else, treat these last seven races as a mini-championship and just enjoy going racing". I was confident the vehicle was going to be good today after studying the long run pace we have shown this weekend". For me, the front tyres were not working, a bit of understeer - in this track you need to turn quickly in the low-speed corners.

"He did a very, very good job of keeping everything very much under control". Räikkönen was three-quarters of a second slower than Vettel while Ricciardo, who had throughout the season been ve6ry evenly matched with Verstappen in qualifying, was down by almost a full second.

After hearing from Verstappen and Bottas, the stewards confirmed they would be taking no action over the incident, leaving the result from qualifying intact.

"I thought "oh God, don't make this happen to me" so we turned the engine down". "I instructed his engineer under no circumstances to tell him that Sebastian Vettel had just relieved him of a few euros". I'm not anxious about that, but you need a big delta - almost 1.3s a lap over the auto in front - in order to overtake. It is very hard around here because there's not much running - the altitude has a different effect on the asphalt in terms of aging. "We should have some fun tomorrow..."

"I had a great slipstream and was able to get alongside [Vettel] on the outside, we had a little touch, but from then onwards I could do my own race".

Behind them, their teammates were unusually slow.

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