Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull in 'league of their own' in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull in 'league of their own' in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull in 'league of their own' in Mexico

The other factor is that Vettel must win all three remaining Grand Prix if has a hope of taking title honors for his own and the Ferrari man's task looks hard as he starts directly behind Hamilton in fourth. "Obviously you want to have the inside to the corner, that doesn't change. but I don't know". "Considering how bad yesterday was for us, and so I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who's back at the factory who've been working hard overnight and also the guys here, to rectify the issues we've had and get the auto back into a sweeter spot".

"I still wasn't convinced as it wasn't the cleanest but putting it on pole, I can relax now because I'm tripping major nutsack right now!"

Verstappen was rather less excited.

"The whole qualifying was c**p", said the 21-year-old.

A seventh-place finish will secure the Briton's fifth career title, matching the late Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina for second behind only the seven of Germany's Michael Schumacher.

"Yesterday we really were struggling".

"We tried to make the best of it and I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it's still good to be second".

"Hopefully we're in a quicker auto all day".

The 800-yard dash to the opening bend is the longest on the calendar and previous year Vettel collided with Hamilton at the third bend.

"We'll see tomorrow. I'll drive around [the problems]".

"You saw what happened a year ago with the red auto (Ferrari) behind, so it depends how we get away. I am wary of the Red Bulls ahead".

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas couldn't respond on the second attempt.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso's season - set to be his last in F1 - continued to wind down in unspectacular fashion as the two-time champion scraped into Q2 after a wobble and qualified in 12th.

"Good job", the Spaniard was told.

Fernando Alonso finished last-but-one of the 20 runners, while his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was only marginally better off in 15th.

Home favourite Sergio Perez, whose laps through the unique stadium section were greeted with rockstar-like cheers, could manage only 13th, two places off Esteban Ocon in the sister Force India.

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