Max Verstappen hunts down Ferrari duo as Lewis Hamilton relieved at Mexican GP

Lewis Hamilton will start today’s Mexican Grand Prix from sixth place after the FIA decided not to penalise him in the aftermath of yesterday’s qualifying session. The Brit was investigated for potentially going too fast under yellow flags but was cleared of any wrongdoing and will keep his place on the grid as a result.

Max Verstappen, who starts third, was also spared by the FIA along with George Russell after blocking the pit lane to create a gap to the car in front. It remains to be seen whether the Dutchman will be able to claim another Grand Prix victory this evening after being outqualified by both Ferrari drivers last night.

Charles Leclerc will line up on pole position, with Carlos Sainz just behind in second after Ferrari managed to find some pace against the clock. However, it will certainly be a tough task for both drivers to keep Verstappen behind them over the course of the 71-lap contest.

Follow Express Sport‘s live Mexican Grand Prix updates below…

Mercedes to fight for podium?

Jenson Button is fully expecting Mercedes to be fighting near the front today despite Lewis Hamilton and George Russell starting from sixth and eighth respectively.

“Their race pace looked good, it was up there with the best of them,” says Button on Sky Sports F1.

“All of them today will struggle with temperatures on the power unit, but we’ll wait and see.

“I think we’ll see them fighting at the front. If everything goes well for them, they will be fighting for the podium finishes.”

Piastri’s car swallows paper

Elsewhere on the track, Oscar Piastri runs over a piece of paper which then becomes stuck in his chassis!

He is quickly wheeled back into the garage so his McLaren mechanics can check for any potential damage.

Alonso noted by stewards

Fernando Alonso has been noted by the stewards for speeding in the pit lane, which must have been on his way to the grid.

It remains to be seen whether any penalties will be handed down to the Spaniard as a result.

Potential tyre strategies

It seems as though a one-stop strategy could be the way to go if Pirelli’s official guidance is anything to go by…

What happened in qualifying?

Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix at the end of an eventful qualifying session last night.

He was closely followed by Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, while Max Verstappen was forced to settle for third after failing to maximise his final lap in Q3.

Many drivers were investigated after the session for various infringements, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell among those concerned.

However, the FIA eventually decided against handing down any pre-race penalties, allowing every driver to keep their original qualifying position.

Catch up on the full story from qualifying HERE.

Good evening

Hello and welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the Mexican Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc set to line up on pole position.

Max Verstappen will be the favourite to win tonight but will need to work his way past both Ferrari drivers in order to stand any chance of victory.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, faces an uphill battle to get himself on the podium from sixth on the grid.

We’re just an hour away from lights out and will be keeping you updated with the action as it happens.

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