F1 Mexican GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Max Verstappen topped Friday practice for Red Bull at the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

F1 Mexican GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

The F1 world championship leader produced a 1m17.301s to top FP2 by an impressive 0.424s from Valtteri Bottas, who had been fastest in the first practice session, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton slotting into third place.

That meant home hero Sergio Perez had to settle for fourth place in FP2, but did recover from a spin in first practice in which he badly damaged his rear wing at Turn 16.

Behind the two title-fighting teams, Carlos Sainz Jr led the midfield battle for Ferrari, with Pierre Gasly slotting into sixth place for AlphaTauri ahead of the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who also spun off at Turn 16 in FP1.

Yuki Tsunoda claimed eighth place in FP2 but will start from the back of the grid at the Mexican GP due to a power unit change, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll set to join him on the back row due to the same penalty.

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) rounded out the top 10 in FP2 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Both McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’ George Russell missed the majority of FP2 due to separate mechanical issues.

What time does qualifying start for the Mexican Grand Prix?

Qualifying for the Mexican GP starts at 2pm local time (8pm GMT), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.

Date: Saturday 6th November 2021
Start time: 2pm local time - 8pm GMT

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with Mexican GP qualifying coverage starting at 7pm GMT.

· Channel: Sky Sports F1
· Start time: 7:00pm GMT

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying here. 

When can I watch the highlights of Mexican GP qualifying?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the Mexican GP at 8:30am GMT on Sunday. The full programme will run for 60 minutes, covering both qualifying and wrapping up the major talking points of the race weekend so far.

For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

· Channel: Channel 4
· Start time: 8:30am GMT (Sunday 6th November)

Will Mexican GP qualifying be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or via the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of Mexican GP qualifying will start at 7:55pm GMT on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds app.

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez?

Dry and sunny weather is forecast for Saturday afternoon for the start of qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The temperature is set to be 21 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying – eight degrees cooler than qualifying for the United States GP.

F1 Mexico City Grand Prix free practice 2 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1'17.301  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 1'17.725 0.424
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1'17.810 0.509
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Honda 1'17.871 0.570
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari Ferrari 1'18.318 1.017
6 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1'18.429 1.128
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1'18.605 1.304
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1'18.644 1.343
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1'18.681 1.380
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1'18.732 1.431
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'18.841 1.540
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1'18.979 1.678
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'19.227 1.926
14 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1'19.431 2.130
15 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1'19.521 2.220
16 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1'19.620 2.319
17 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1'19.730 2.429
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1'20.820 3.519
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1'21.581 4.280
20 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes    

F1 Mexico City Grand Prix free practice 1 results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 1'18.341  
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1'18.417 0.076
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1'18.464 0.123
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull Honda 1'18.610 0.269
5 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1'18.985 0.644
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari Ferrari 1'19.463 1.122
7 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1'19.656 1.315
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 1'19.667 1.326
9 France Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1'19.759 1.418
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1'19.858 1.517
11 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1'20.011 1.670
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'20.026 1.685
13 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1'20.030 1.689
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1'20.273 1.932
15 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1'20.301 1.960
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1'20.344 2.003
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 1'20.517 2.176
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1'21.580 3.239
19 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1'22.144 3.803
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1'22.819 4.478
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