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.

Mexican GP F1 2017 qualifying best sector times

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.

Mexican GP F1 2017 qualifying best sector speeds

SPEED TRAP

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).

Mexican GP F1 2017 qualifying speed trap

AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ

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IDEAL QUALIFYING LAPS (best sectors strung together)

Pos Nr Driver Time Gap Difference
1 33 Max Verstappen 1:16.332 0.192
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:16.488 0.156
3 44 Lewis Hamilton 1:16.642 0.310 0.292
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:16.894 0.562 0.064
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen 1:17.177 0.845 0.061
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:17.192 0.860 0.255
7 27 Nico Hülkenberg 1:17.285 0.953 0.181
8 31 Esteban Ocon 1:17.308 0.976 0.129
9 55 Carlos Sainz 1:17.445 1.113 0.308
10 14 Fernando Alonso 1:17.512 1.180 0.198
11 11 Sergio Pérez 1:17.540 1.208 0.267
12 19 Felipe Massa 1:18.099 1.767
13 2 S.Vandoorne 1:18.578 2.246
14 28 Brendon Hartley 1:18.601 2.269 0.082
15 18 Lance Stroll 1:18.758 2.426 0.144
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:19.176 2.844
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:19.323 2.991 0.010
18 8 Romain Grosjean 1:19.332 3.000 0.141
19 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:19.443 3.111
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