Sebastian Vettel takes pole but Lewis Hamilton edges towards title in Mexico

• Briton qualifies for Mexican Grand Prix in third behind Max Verstappen
• Hamilton needs finish of fifth or better to take his fourth world title

Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to securing his fourth Formula One world championship but he was unable to secure the start he would have wanted for the Mexican Grand Prix. He was beaten to the top spot by a superb run from the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who put in a commanding lap of the 2.7-mile circuit that simply could not be matched, and by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in second place.

Hamilton will start from the second row but Verstappen faced an investigation for potentially having impeded Valtteri Bottas on his first run in Q3 and was left sweating over a possible grid penalty.

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