Lewis Hamilton continued his good form from the previous race in Austin to take his first pole position at the Mexico Grand Prix. The British reigning world champion is 26 points behind championship leader and teammate Nico Rosberg and has to win every race and hope for the German to slip up to have a chance at retaining his title.
Rosberg looked to be struggling during Q1 and Q2 with the Red Bulls and Ferraris quicker than him, but pulled out a fast lap right when it mattered to qualify in the second place on the grid. Max Verstappen out-qualified his teammate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third, while the Australian settled for the fourth place.
Nico Hulkenburg was the surprise of the afternoon when he out-qualified both the Ferraris to take the fifth place, which will bode well for Force India's battle with Williams in the Constructors' championship. The Ferraris continued their trend of disappointing when it matters after failing to set a quick time in the final session.
The Italian team looked quick all weekend, but in the final laps of Q3, they failed to get the best out of their tyres. Kimi Raikonnen suffered a loss of power in his final run which hampered his chances of qualifying higher, but he continued the trend of outpacing his teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Strategies, however, will be key going into the race with the Mercedes and Ferrari cars starting on the more durable soft-compound tyres, while Red Bull will start on the super-soft compound which has troubled most drivers during the weekend with severe degradation.
Where to watch live
The race starts at 7pm GMT (Sunday)with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage. Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
Top 10 qualifiers for the 2016 Mexico Grand Prix
|3||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING||1:19.054|
|4||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||1:19.133|
|5||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||1:19.330|
|10||CARLOS SAINZ||TORO ROSSO||1:20.378|