Event: Mexico Grand Prix
Track: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Mexico Grand Prix

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing is presented with the Pirelli Pole Position Award by Carlos Slim Domit in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the 2022 F1 Grand Prix of Mexico (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Warm-up lap starts at: 14:00 Local | 21:00 CET | 20:00 UK | 12:00 LA | 04:00 Tokio

Max Verstappen scored his maiden pole position for the Mexico F1 Grand Prix. He is the 11th different pole sitter of the Mexican GP. It was the 6th pole position of the 2022 F1 season for the Red Bull Racing driver.

Despite a forecast threat of rain during the day, qualifying (which started at 3pm local time) stayed dry with ambient temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade and 48 degrees on track. The chance of rain is lower tomorrow but not insignificant, at around 40% according to Meteo France.

Both Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton start from P2 and P3. They both have beaten bofh Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who will start from P5 and P7 accordingly.

Valtteri Bottas qualified a very strong P6 in the upgraded Alfa Romeo.

The Pirelli Pole Position Award was presented by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Domit, the President of America Movil and the well-known Escuderia Telmex racing team, which was founded in 2002 to support Latin American drivers at every stage of their careers. Some of the most famous graduates include Pietro Fittipaldi, Tatiana Calderon, and of course Sergio Perez.

Pole position is on the left side of the track in Mexico City.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Mexico GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap TimePole gap
11Max VerstappenRed Bull1:17,775
263George RussellMercedes1:18,079+0,304s
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18,084+0,309s
411Sergio PérezRed Bull1:18,128+0,353s
555Carlos SainzFerrari1:18,351+0,576s
677Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:18,401+0,626s
716Charles LeclercFerrari1:18,555+0,780s
84Lando NorrisMcLaren1:18,721+0,946s
914Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:18,939+1,164s
1031Esteban OconAlpine1:19,010+1,235s
113Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:19,325+1,550s
1224Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:19,476+1,701s
1322Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:19,589+1,814s
1410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:19,672+1,897s
1547Mick SchumacherHaas1:20,419+2,644s
165Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:20,419+2,644s
1723Alexander AlbonWilliams1:20,859+3,084s
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:21,167+3,392s
1920Kevin Magnussen*Haas1:19,833+2,058s
2018Lance Stroll*Aston Martin1:20,520+2,745s


  • Lance Stroll, Aston Martin #18 - penalised 3 grid places for causing a collision at the previous round.
  • Kevin Magnussen, Haas #20 - penalised 5 grid places for use of additional power unit elements.


Best 2022 Mexico F1 Grand Prix Race Strategy

The 71-lap Mexican Grand Prix (the third-shortest lap of the year) could be a two-stopper or a one-stopper, depending on degradation rates, which can vary from team to team and driver to driver – as well as being influenced by the weather.

A two-stopper is fastest on paper: starting on the soft before two stints on the medium. This strategy is only possible for the 10 drivers who have two sets of mediums still available in their allocation. Soft-medium-soft is an alternative two-stopper.

A medium-hard one-stopper is close to that in terms of overall time while the alternative medium to soft one-stopper is definitely slower.

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