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Summary

  1. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel takes pole for Sunday's race
  2. German's 50th pole position in F1
  3. Red Bull's Max Verstappen second and Lewis Hamilton third
  4. Bottas fourth and Raikkonen fifth
  5. Hamilton can seal title on Sunday - needs to finish fifth

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

And that is the end of the live page today.

Some timings for you. We will be live again on Sunday at 17:30 GMT, before the race starts at 19:00 GMT.

It is all set up perfectly with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in pole position, alongside Max Verstappen of Red Bull on the front row, while Lewis Hamilton starts in third, next to team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Thanks as always for all your comments and we will see you all again tomorrow for what is going to be a thrilling race.

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Vettel takes pole for Mexican Grand Prix

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel stole pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix from Red Bull's Max Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton lines up third.

Verstappen was quickest after the first runs of the last part of qualifying by a quarter of a second, but a superb effort by Vettel put him on top.

He pipped the Dutchman by 0.086secs, saying on the radio "what a lap".

Hamilton, who needs only to finish fifth in Sunday's race to be sure of the title, was 0.446secs off pole.

'He can say what he wants'

Max Verstappen is asked about the stewards looking at whether he blocked Valtteri Bottas.

"I was on the inside. He was on his line and he looked up so there was no incident."

He adds to Sky Sports: "There is no incident for me. That's his own problem if he out-breaks himself in the next corner. I didn't hold him up so he can say what he wants. I moved to the inside."

Max Verstappen is down-playing the incident with Valtteri Bottas in Q3, which the stewards are currently investigating.

Bottas said Verstappen impeded him and 'ruined his lap'.

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Good day for Force India

There are some happy people in the Force India team at the moment, with Esteban Ocon sixth and Sergio Perez 10th.

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'Angry and helpless'

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo after qualifying seventh: "Every time I left the pits I had no grip. Sometimes you get one set of tyres that you can't turn on but every run was the same story.

"Super frustrated and confused. I'm sure we'll find something, but it doesn't make the session any easier to go through.

"If we get the car back I think we can get to a podium. I was for sure angry but I'd say helpless."

50 pole positions for Vettel

It is a half century for Sebastian Vettel.

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'I'm quite satisfied'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Sky Sports: "It was pretty close between the three teams, closer than we expected.

"We knew it would be a difficult circuit for us. I'm actually quite satisfied. We’ve taken a step closer to Red Bull and Ferrari and that is satisfying."

'It ruined my lap'

And here is Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, speaking to Sky Sports, about that incident with Max Verstappen in Q3.

The stewards will decide if the Red Bull driver blocked the Finn.

"I was on my lap and I could see in the last sector he was going quite slow at the exit of turn 12 and compromised my line a bit for turn 13," said Bottas.

"It's not up to me if it is worth a penalty - I don’t know what the rulebook says. All I know is it ruined my lap."

How they finished

Great, late drama in Mexico City.

This is how the top 10 finished qualifying three.

Remember, we are waiting to here if there is to be any action taking against Max Verstappen with the stewards looking at an incident involving the Dutchman and Valtteri Bottas in Q3.

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'We're still in for the win'

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on Sky Sports after qualifying third: "Those guys (Vettel and Verstappen) did a great job. I gave it everything in the last lap.

"I could've been a couple of tenths of a second quicker but it wouldn't be enough to match these guys. We're still in for the win - I hope to have a battle with at least one of them."

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Mike Greenwood: Going to be an interesting first corner.

Jeremiah Kariuki‏: Indeed, the race tomorrow will be an absolute cracker. Mercedes and Red Bulls seemed to have good race simulation. Hamilton will be hoping that Vettel and Verstappen go for each other, and in the process, he takes the lead!

Andrew Ogley‏: Wow ... this is shaping up to be something spectacular tomorrow.

Andy White: Verstappen and Vettel crash out first corner, Hamilton then on an extended title procession.

'Super annoyed'

Red Bull's Max Verstappen on Sky Sports after qualifying second: "I'm super annoyed.

"In Q3 it got a bit more difficult - I couldn't get the tyres to work. Second is good but not the way it went. I really wanted that pole position."

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What a qualifying session from Esteban Ocon. He is sixth, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

Home favourite Sergio Perez will start in 10th position, with the Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz in eighth and ninth respectively.

'Our race pace should be good'

Ferrari's pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on Sky Sports: "I'm really happy. It's difficult and slippy and difficult to get everything in one lap.

"I had a moment in turn six, I nearly lost it there. But I knew if i could keep it clean in the last sector it would be enough.

"Yesterday wasn't that good for us but we improved overnight. I'm really happy but the race pace should be good."

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Nick Hughes: Great quali. All the talk about Mercedes & Verstappen but Vettel gets on with it quietly. Utterly brilliant lap by #Seb5

Craig: Tomorrow looks set to be a good one. Vettel will be desperate to keep his title hopes alive. Could he snap under pressure?

Amit Mandalia: Vettel & Verstappen on the front row. I think Seb will handle it differently than the last time in Singapore.

'Shock' from Mercedes

Allan McNish

Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Mercedes wouldn't have expected the performance of Red Bull here - the Ferraris yes. The faces of Mercedes bosses Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff - it was sort of shock.

BreakingPole position - Sebastian Vettel

"Yes, it's pole position. Yes."

The German does exactly what he needed to do. He snatches pole position out of the hands of Max Verstappen.

Vettel needs to win and hope Lewis Hamilton does not finish in the top five to keep the world title race alive.

Hamilton is third, on an all-Mercedes second row.

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Vettel jumps to first with a new track record of 1:16.488. Talk about doing it in style. Great drama.

Lewis Hamilton runs wide at the 12th corner. He is not going to get pole. He is third at the moment.

Bottas up to fourth. One lap to go for him.

'That was a surprise'

McLaren's Fernando Alonso on 5 live sports extra after a P14 in qualifying: "We were surprised by the pace. In practice we saw potential and today confirmed it in qualifying. There was grip on the corners in the high speed sections. Today I think we had the best car out there.

"The engine penalties are frustrating. Hopefully we can recover tomorrow. Can we overtake cars? That will be key because I think we have the pace."

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Right, last two minutes, and most are back out again.

Verstappen is to be investigated for 'impeding Valtteri Bottas'. This might not help Verstappen's strained relationship with the F1 officials.

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Patrick McLaughlin: This is a great quali. Three teams fighting it out for pole.So good to see.

All 10 are back in the pits, ready for a second surge.

More from Max?

Allan McNish

Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There are still another two or three tenths of a second in the pocket for Max Verstappen if he can hook it up.

How it stands with six minutes left

  1. Verstappen
  2. Vettel
  3. Hamilton
  4. Ricciardo
  5. Ocon
  6. Sainz
  7. Perez
  8. Raikkonen
  9. Hulkenberg
  10. Bottas

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This is tremendous..

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Max Verstappen was fastest in Q2 and he is fastest in Q3 so far with a time of 1:16.574. Seven minutes of drama to go.

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Nick Holland: Anyone daring to check #TrackLimits on VER's lap ?!

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'I wanted to put it all on the line'

Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley on 5 live sports extra after his car failure and P13 in qualifying: "I made big steps from Austin. It was a really big ask in the first weekend.

"Q1 didn't go perfectly, I felt we had the pace to be ahead of the Williams if we got everything together. It's a bit frustrating because I was looking forward to putting it all on the line in Q2."

Vettel jumps to the top. 1:16.833.

Hamilton's 1:16.934 is fastest so far, but slower than Verstappen's time in Q2 so room for someone to go faster.

And here we go. Now is the pole position shootout.

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Matt Hamilton: Can anyone tell me what is the point of Lance Stroll? Apart from having more money than god?

Harsh, very harsh.

'Lewis can drive with freedom'

Allan McNish

Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Fifth place for Lewis Hamilton would play on the mind if it was the last grand prix of the season, not when there are three to go. It will be business as usual. He can drive with freedom.

A top-five finish in the race will secure the championship for Hamilton.

'Game on'

An all-Mercedes front row would be another huge step towards another world title for Lewis Hamilton. What will happen in Q3?

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'A wake-up call'

Haas's Romain Grosjean on Sky Sports after qualifying P19: "I got a lot of traffic. But it's nowhere near where we should be running. We need to put our head down. It's a big wake-up call."