Mexican GP: Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole

Sport360 staff 29/10/2016

Lewis Hamilton continued his fighting late-season defence of his world title by grabbing pole position ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Saturday’s tense qualifying session for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion dominated the session and delivered a best lap in one minute and 18.704 seconds, two-tenths of a second clear of championship leader Rosberg who salvaged a front row starting spot with the last lap of the top-ten shootout action.

Hamilton’s success brought him his 10th pole position of the season and the 59th of his career.

Dutchman Max Verstappen looked sure to take second until Rosberg’s final fastest effort and he wound up third for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

The Red Bull pair will start Sunday’s race on super-soft tyres while the Mercedes men will be on ordinary softs, a strategic decision that may create a dramatic opening lap at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Nico Hulkenberg also delivered a spectacular late lap to take fifth place for Force India ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas was eighth ahead of his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz who was 10th for Toro Rosso.

Rosberg leads the title race by 26 points with three races remaining and knows that if he can win on Sunday and Hamilton scores only one point or less he will take his maiden championship.

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Sebastian Vettel was somewhat of a surprise pace-setter in the second Free Practice on Friday, Ferrari showing some great speed.

Vettel pipped title rival team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton and if someone can wrestle advantage away from the Mercedes pair then it could make for an enthralling end to the season.

Can Vettel fire once again on Saturday and put himself in pole or will Rosberg and Hamilton come back and show their strength?

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Rosberg named Motorsports Man of the Year

F1i 27/10/2016
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Man of the Year: Rosberg

The Mercedes driver is having a career year in 2016, having won nine races out of 18 F1 rounds already held.

Rosberg enters this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix with a 26-point advantage over team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton.

“Nico Rosberg has already enjoyed an impressive year: nine F1 wins in 18 races speak for themselves”, said ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk.

“Nico has shown great fighting spirit and combativeness against his team-mate and rivals this season, even during difficult periods.

“It does not matter whether he wins the 2016 world championship or not, he is already the ADAC Motorsports Man of the Year.”

Reacting upon the announcement, Rosberg said: “I am extremely honoured because this prize has been awarded to many significant names in German motorsport.

“I’ve been on top of the podium several times this season but I am well aware that I owe a lot to my team. Without Mercedes’ Silver Arrow, it would not have been possible to enjoy that success. My team deserves to be part of the prize.

“Thanks to the ADAC for this award, which gives me extra motivation for the rest of the season.”

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