Lewis Hamilton claims pole at Mexican GP ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg

• Hamilton beats Mercedes team-mate by two-tenths of a second
• Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to start from third and fourth

Grace under pressure, with the touch and confidence that defines a multiple Formula One world champion, amid the maelstrom of a tense fight for the championship with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, had it all in Mexico City. A consummate lap in Q3, topped a dominant session in which he pushed to the limit of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez and claimed pole for the Mexican Grand Prix, beating Rosberg by two-tenths of a second.

Hamilton had been faster than his team-mate in all three practice sessions and was so again through Q1 and Q2. His first run in the final shootout with a time of 1min 18.704sec confirmed that form and was enough. Rosberg pushed but he was more than five-tenths back on every lap but his last.

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