F1: Rosberg beats Hamilton to Mexican GP pole

    The German beat Mercedes F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by 0.188 seconds.

    Published On Nov 01, 2015 10:16:00 AM

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    F1: Rosberg beats Hamilton to Mexican GP pole

    Nico Rosberg claimed his fourth straight pole position in Formula 1 in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.

    The German beat Mercedes F1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by 0.188 seconds.

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 0.370s adrift of Rosberg in third, claiming over team radio he "tried everything" to take the fight to the two silver cars.

    Red Bull lost pace to its rivals in qualifying compared to practice on Friday, both cars ending up nearly a second adrift of pole.

    Daniil Kvyat beat team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.001s as the RB11s placed fourth and fifth on the timesheet.

    Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top six, just ahead of Williams team-mate Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen.

    Home hero Sergio Perez out-qualified team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by less than a tenth of a second as the two Force Indias completed the top 10.

    Late improvements by Verstappen and Massa in Q2 meant Carlos Sainz Jr missed out on making the top-10 shootout by just 0.007s in the second Toro Rosso.

    Romain Grosjean was 12th quickest, 0.223s faster than Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado and just over a tenth away from making Q3 himself.

    Marcus Ericsson couldn't replicate the pace that put his Sauber 10th quickest in Q1, so he wound up 14th overall, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

    The Finn complained of a problem with his brake pedal in Q1, where he ended up outside the top 10 in the times.

    He then stopped midway through Q2 after spinning at Turn 1.

    The 2007 world champion will incur a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change following the breakdown he suffered with his SF15-T in final practice.

    Fellow world champion Fernando Alonso squeaked ahead of the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr by 0.009s with his final flying lap, but the McLaren failed to escape Q1, along with the two Manor Marussias and his team-mate Jenson Button, who failed to take part in qualifying following engine problems in final practice.

    Both McLarens will start at the back on account of incurring grid penalties for multiple engine changes earlier in the weekend.

    MEXICAN GP GRID

    PosDriverCarTimeGap
    1Nico RosbergMercedes1m19.480s-
    2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m19.668s0.188s
    3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m19.850s0.370s
    4Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m20.398s0.918s
    5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m20.399s0.919s
    6Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m20.448s0.968s
    7Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m20.567s1.087s
    8Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m20.710s1.230s
    9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m20.716s1.236s
    10Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m20.788s1.308s
    11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m20.942s1.462s
    12Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m21.038s1.558s
    13Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m21.261s1.781s
    14Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m21.544s2.064s
    15Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m21.788s2.308s
    16Alexander RossiMarussia/Ferrari1m24.136s4.656s
    17Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m24.386s4.906s
    18Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m22.494s3.014s
    19Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m21.779s2.299s
    20Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda--

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