Mexican Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton starts ahead of Max Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue their battle for the world title in Mexico City and Express Sport brings you all the action live. Hamilton starts second place on the grid after an impressive qualifying session for Mercedes.

The Brit starts just behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull star Max Verstappen is in third place.

Verstappen appeared to have the pace advantage earlier in the weekend but Mercedes found another level on Saturday – much to the surprise of their main man.

“Valtteri did an amazing job and I am so proud of him,” said Hamilton.

“We did not think we had the pace here this weekend – we were as much as six tenths behind in practice – so to lock out the front row is pretty special.

“I am just as shocked as anyone. It is a real surprise to see that we are first and second and I don’t have an answer for it but I will take it.

“Our practice results show we are behind Red Bull in qualifying and race trim, so who knows what will happen tomorrow. But track position is important here and we will have to work as a team.”

Mexican Grand Prix LIVE

  • Bottas starts on pole, Hamilton completes Mercedes front-row lockout
  • Verstappen in third after mix-up in qualifying
  • Hamilton aiming to close 12-point gap in Drivers’ Championship standings

Bottas starts on pole

Valtteri Bottas will lead the chasing pack when the chequered flag drops in just over 50 minutes’ time after producing a scintillating lap in qualifying.

Red Bull were hoping to secure a one-two start after dominating in the weekend’s practice sessions but were denied the chance to set improved lap times in Q3 after Yuki Tsunoda pulled aside to let Sergio Perez through.

The latter responded by following Tsunoda off the track, causing Verstappen to lift and handing Mercedes a front-row lockout in the process.

Read more from yesterday’s qualifying session here.

Good evening

Hello and welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to claw back the gap to Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship standings by taking the chequered flag from second place on the grid this evening.

The Mercedes man currently trails his Dutch rival by just 12 points, with just five races left on the calendar to decide this year’s title fight.

Will Hamilton be able to close in on Verstappen with another hugely impressive drive today? Or does the Red Bull talisman have what it takes to stretch his advantage going into the final stages of the campaign?

We’ll find out after the five red lights go out at 8pm.

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