Honey Badger pinches pole; Hamilton ‘sorry’

Date published: October 27 2018

Daniel Ricciardo denied Max Verstappen becoming the youngest-ever pole sitter in F1 history. Lewis Hamilton apologises for uneventful FP3.

Here is how qualifying day unfolded…

Rain or shine, never let it be said that the Mexicans skimp on the entertainment.

Haas put their time in the build-up to FP3 to good use…

Drivers all complained of the track conditions being too mixed as they ventured out for installation laps. Too wet into some corners, too dry into others.

As such there wasn’t a whole lot of running in the first 20 minutes.

In 30 minutes only 15 drivers put in a lap, the other five opting to stay in the pits. Fernando Alonso eventually broke the silence.

Sergio Perez delighted his Mexican fans as he left the pits in his Force India.

Valtteri Bottas’ session ended early as a hydraulic problem forced him to park his W09.

Charles Leclerc was quickest with five minutes remaining…

Max Verstappen put in a late run to go quickest of all with a 1:16.284.

Bottas’ W09 required an engine change ahead of qualifying but, luckily for him, he did not incur any grid penalties.

Hamilton, meanwhile, posted a message to apologise for a rather uneventful FP3.

Ahead of qualifying, someone thought it was their lucky day…

All eyes to the skies throughout qualifying…

For the second time in two years, both Haas cars fell at the first hurdle in Q1.

In Q2, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were all out on ultrasoft tyres as they all nailed down a one-stop race strategy.

Whilst there were double knock-outs for Force India and Toro Rosso in Q2, both Saubers reached Q3.

Still couldn’t call who was going to clinch pole…

It was Max Verstappen who bagged provisional pole, but the Honey Badger pinched it away from him at the last second.

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