Both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez will line up on row two of the grid for tomorrow's Mexico Grand Prix after Yuki Tsunoda's incident at turn 10 compromised their final Q3 runs.
Because of that messy incident, Verstappen had to pull out of his final run, leaving the Bulls in third and fourth. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas clinched pole, and Lewis Hamilton finished second.
Perez comments, "The car was not the same as it was in FP3 after we had to change the rear wing, but we did couple of adjustments in the session and once we got on top of it, all of a sudden I found Yuki off his racing line ahead of me at turn 11, which hurt my final lap. He wasn’t a distraction it was that I was too close to him and it forced me to brake."
He continues, "Once I did that I lost my downforce and I think I got a lot of dirty air, lost the car unfortunately and lost my lap. We didn’t have the pace across qualifying, but I think I could have improved a bit going into that final lap, I was up already on my previous lap and think I could have improved by a couple of tenths."
He adds, "We have to analyse as a Team to make sure tomorrow we have a good race car and are able to put pressure on the Mercedes ahead of us. I think the launch we have tomorrow is more important than the grid position, there is a long race ahead and we will try to be there, I am optimistic and I hope all the fans enjoy it."
He concludes, "The crowd have been amazing, they are giving me so much love and support. I just look forward to tomorrow now and hope I can celebrate with them on the podium, I will give my maximum.”