Max Verstappen took pole position at the 2022 Mexican F1 GP, beating Mercedes george russell in P2 by more than three tenths of a second. The Dutchman is now a hair’s breadth away from breaking Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record for most wins in a single season.
The Dutchman took his first pole position in Mexico, having won the race last year from third on the grid. The 2022 F1 world champion appeared to be behind throughout the qualifying session but managed to set the fastest lap of the day at the end of Q3.
The 25-year-old was out of form in the first two parts of qualifying with both Mercedes cars seemingly having the advantage over the rest of the field. The Silver Arrows performed well in Mexico City, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finishing the qualifying session in P2 and P3 respectively.
Speaking to David Coulthard in park closed after the session, Max Verstappen said:
“Yeah, it was a good qualifying. It was close but after FP3 we made some adjustments and then the car found a better rhythm and to be on pole here is, of course, amazing. It’s a very Long run into Turn 1 so we need a good start but anyway. I think we have a fast car and that’s what’s important.”
Max Verstappen spoke about exaggerated statistics during the 2022 F1 season
Speaking at a post-race press conference in Austin, the Red Bull driver said:
“I mean, I’ve said before that we also do more races per year, so they’re not always justifiable. I mean, I think, yes, we have an amazing season, but of course when you have a great car, you can win a lot of races.”
The freshly crowned double world champion can now break Schumacher and Vettel’s record if he wins another race in 2022. As percentages go, however, Schumacher will always have the upper hand over Verstappen unless the Dutchman manages to win the other three. races this year.
The reigning world champion has never been fascinated by statistics and records in the past. Although he prides himself on winning races, he thinks it’s easier to break records with a competitive car.
After taking pole position for Sunday’s race, Max Verstappen gave himself every chance to beat this long-standing record.