Sebastian Vettel surprised Max Verstappen and secured pole position for the Mexican GP – but who dominated in which sector and who should extract more from his car?
BEST SECTOR TIMES
Verstappen should have taken his first career pole, but he messed up his Q3 laps and failed to string his best sector times. That’s exactly what Sebastian Vettel did as he surprised everybody and took his 50th career pole.
TOP SPEEDS AT THE END OF EACH SECTOR
Mercedes and Ferrari engines dominate in top speeds at the end of each sector, but Renault is close on start finish straight where engine power didn’t kick in properly.
Mercedes and Ferrari engines dominate again while Renault R.E.17 is only in 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th place. Honda is in 16th and 19th place, while Saubers are 11th and 12th despite having 2016 Ferrari engine (but their lack of downforce boost their straightline speed).
AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ
IDEAL QUALIFYING LAPS (best sectors strung together)