Valtteri Bottas Suffers a Major Shunt as Max Verstappen Takes Pole in Mexico

Published 10/26/2019, 3:20 PM EDT


The qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix 2019 concluded in a dramatic fashion. All drivers were desperate to depose Max Verstappen from pole position and it clearly showed. In fact, Valtteri Bottas pushed so hard, that he got on the kerb and got pitched into the wall.

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Naturally, this compromised the laps of everyone who was behind him, as they had to slow down. In all honesty, the shunt looked pretty bad, and the Finn was actually breathing quite heavily.

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Fortunately, the shaken driver was able to clamber out of his car and walk away unaided. Even on the radio, Valtteri Bottas sounded fairly winded from the impact of hitting the barrier head on.

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Meanwhile, Max Verstappen held onto pole position, from the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton will start the race in 4th, with Alex Albon and the aforementioned Valtteri Bottas in 5th and 6th.

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Rounding out the top 10 was Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly. Gasly’s run was fairly impressive, considering that he was unwell earlier in the day with a stomach bug.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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