F1 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton faces ‘nightmare’ scenario as Max Verstappen puzzled at Mexican GP

Before the Mexican Grand Prix, Express Sport keeps you informed of the most recent developments in Formula One.

On Saturday night, the Mexican Grand Prix qualifying presented many surprises. Max Verstappen had to settle for P3, and the Ferrari team of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz led the way. On just his second race since returning from injury, Daniel Ricciardo, for AlphaTauri, stunned everyone by finishing fourth.

In front of his devoted home crowd, Sergio Perez could only finish fifth. Mercedes and McLaren both had a difficult day as none of their drivers finished in the top five.

A thrilling race is expected at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, with both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships still up for grabs. Lando Norris, who will need to battle his way through the field following a qualifying error that left him 18th on the grid, could also have a big race.

Verstappen puzzled by investigation

Max Verstappen was left perplexed by the FIA’s investigation into him blocking the pit-lane in Mexican Grand Prix qualifying, which ultimately saw him go unpunished.

“Honestly, I just do what everyone else is doing around me,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t really get it. It’s the only place where you can make a bit of a gap, so I don’t really understand.”

Verstappen ended up qualifying in third, and he has not put too much pressure on catching the Ferraris on Lap 1, insisting that the race will be a marathon, not a sprint.

Hamilton faces nightmare scenario

Lewis Hamilton will have to fight his way up from sixth on the grid in less than favourable circumstances, with the Brit admitting that his Mercedes is a ‘nightmare’ to drive around the Mexican Grand Prix circuit.

“This car has been giving me trouble all weekend,” Hamilton admitted to Sky Sports. “Driving the car has been somewhat of a nightmare. It simply isn’t fond of this song.

“Before qualifying, we made some excellent adjustments. The car made me much happier. I wish we had completed it earlier in the day.

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