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Mexican F1 Grand Prix 2019 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIOctober 26, 2019

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 26: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with second place qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 26, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen has been stripped of his pole position for Sunday's Formula One Mexican Grand Prix after being given a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags at the end of qualifying:

Formula 1 @F1

BREAKING: Max Verstappen has been given a three-place grid penalty for Sunday's race in Mexico, and has also received two penalty points This follows an investigation by the race stewards into an incident during qualifying More to follow... #MexicoGP ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ #F1 https://t.co/RAJ3LLJuyD

Verstappen had snatched top spot with a time of one minute, 15.949 seconds to secure just the second pole position of his career but will now start the race in fourth place on the grid.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is promoted to pole position for Sunday's race, and he will be joined on the front row by team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified in fourth but moves up to third and will winย his sixth world championship if he finishes 14 points ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Sunday.

Here is a look at the standings after the final qualifying session in Mexico City:

Formula 1 @F1

CLASSIFICATION: END OF QUALIFYING Max loves Mexico, doesn't he?! He qualifies ahead of the Ferraris #MexicoGP ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ #F1 https://t.co/aFjBhWiz51

BBC Sport's Jennie Gow showed the revised order after Verstappen's penalty:

Jennie Gow @JennieGow

#F1 Grid order for tomorrow as things stand: LEC VET HAM VER* ALB BOT SAI NOR KVY GAS PER HUL RIC RAI GIO STR MAG GRO RUS KUB

Verstappen produced a stunning lap to secure pole, beatingย Leclerc by 0.266 seconds to put himself on course to win the Mexican Grand Prix for a third year in a row.ย 

Yet the 22-year-old was summoned by stewards after the session for failing to slow under waved yellow flags after Bottas crashed heavily, as shown by Rachel Brookes at Sky Sports:

Rachel Brookes @RachelBrookesTV

Max Verstappen has been called to the stewards for failing to slow for yellow flags. When he did this in Russia 2018 he got a three place grid drop. #skyf1 #mexicogp https://t.co/wlI6bpZk7d

The two Ferraris showed their pace throughout practice, and Leclerc topped the standings ahead of Vettel in Saturday's final session. The team could not match Verstappen in qualifying, but the Red Bull driver's penalty meansย the team have now claimed their sixth consecutive pole position.ย 

Neither Ferrari could beat Verstappen late in the session because of Bottas' crash. The Mercedes driver hit the barrier at the final corner, which brought out yellow warning flags:

Formula 1 @F1

A nightmare end to qualifying for Valtteri Bottas! But thankfully he is okay ๐Ÿ‘ #MexicoGP ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ #F1 https://t.co/TakzoATo2i

Bottas managed to walk away from the crash and was taken to the medical centre for a check-up after the session. Mercedes announced he was later given the all clear:

Mercedes-AMG F1 @MercedesAMGF1

UPDATE: Heโ€™s OK! ๐Ÿ‘Œ @ValtteriBottas has been seen at the Medical Centre and has returned to the Paddock. Great news! #MexicoGP #VB77 https://t.co/39BCXsbOZ3

McLaren duo Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris will start behind Bottas, while the Toro Rosso pair of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly complete the top 10.

Further back, it was another disappointing day for Daniel Ricciardo and Renault. Ricciardo took pole position in last year's race while with Red Bull, but he starts in 13th behind team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. Kimi Raikkonen is behind Ricciardo in the Alfa Romeo, with team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi alongside him in 15th.

Williams and Haas saw both of their drivers eliminated in the first qualifying session along with Racing Point's Lance Stroll. Robert Kubica was over 1.3 seconds behind team-mateย George Russell as the Williams team failed to make it into Q2 again.