Mexico City Grand Prix: Live updates as Hamilton chases Verstappen

Mexico City Grand Prix LIVE: Valtteri Bottas starts on pole while Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton shares the front row… as Brit’s championship rival Max Verstappen begins the race in third for Red Bull

  • Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas starts the Mexico City Grand Prix on pole
  • While the Finn’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton shares the front row with him
  • Max Verstappen won an enthralling race last time out in the United States
  • Latest Formula One news, including live action and results 

Valtteri Bottas starts today’s Mexico City Grand Prix in pole position while Lewis Hamilton has the slight edge over championship rival Max Verstappen by making it a front-row lockout.

With just five races left, there promises to be plenty of twists and turns in the fight to become world champion, with Verstappen just 12 points ahead of Hamilton in the standings.

Follow Sportsmail’s Dan Ripley for live Formula One coverage of the Mexico City Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and the final result. 

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Lewis Hamilton had a few grumbles to his team concerning his car being ‘bogged down’ while doing a practice start, as the drivers make their way to the grid.

And by default, Max Verstappen and Red Bull too. Perez is fourth on the grid so he is in the mix for a win today. The fans will go mental if that happens – they already cheer nearly every lap he competes in.

Think of how Monaco is a must to take pole, given how difficult it is to overtake at Monte Carlo, and that this is the complete opposite.

There is a huge run down to turn one and a common sight is seeing the first couple of rows slip-streaming each other into the corner. I will be amazed if we get through it without incident!

Valtteri Bottas takes surprise Mexico City Grand Prix pole ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes front-row lockout, with Brit’s title rival Max Verstappen in third – after qualifying was delayed due to crash involving Lance Stroll

Here are the key moments form that qualifying session, where Mercedes took a surprise one-two.

And the championship is really heating up now, as in the first of those five we have the Mexico City Grand Prix, which has already come alive following yesterday’s very interesting qualifying session. Good evening all and welcome to our live coverage of all the drama.

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