Max Verstappen claimed an outstanding pole-position in Mexico City, being faster than the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, considered the favorites after the third Free practice. The Dutchman was the quickest during the entire Q3, obtaining the top spot during his first attempt, and improving his performance during his second run when Bottas went out in the final corner.
Verstappen passed through the corner immediately afterward, when the stewards were displaying the yellow flags, as to signal that drivers had to slow down. Albeit setting the last time, evidence suggested that Verstappen reduced his pace, as he did not improve in the last mini-sector. Because of the data, FIA decided to not investigate the episode at the beginning.
Nevertheless, Verstappen was called by the stewards two hours later for failing to slow for yellow flags in the last turn.
The Red-Bull talent, asked about the accident, the Dutch talent claimed that he was aware that Bottas crashed, admitting, besides, that the did not reduce his speed. Verstappen concluded that he is not concerned whether the stewards will delete the lap, as he would be the fastest even with his first attempt.
“I was aware that Valtteri crashed.”
“It didn't really look like it did it? No.”
"I think we know what we are doing, otherwise we wouldn't be driving an F1 car," he said.
"It's qualifying and you go for it.
"If they want to delete the lap, then delete the lap."