Hamilton grabs pole for to­day’s Grand Prix Cham­pi­onship leader Ros­berg to start from sec­ond po­si­tion

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Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole po­si­tion for the Mex­i­can Grand Prix yes­ter­day and Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg fought back from his rough prac­tice out­ings to earn the No. 2 spot.

Ros­berg’s leap into sec­ond po­si­tion came on his fi­nal lap after three prac­tice ses­sions when he strug­gled to find the pace to stay with his team­mate in their duel for the sea­son cham­pi­onship.

The po­si­tion is crit­i­cal. Even if Hamilton wins, Ros­berg leads by 26 points and can clinch the ti­tle by fin­ish­ing sec­ond twice and third in the fi­nal three races of the sea­son.

Hamilton has been in top form in chas­ing him of late. He won the US Grand Prix a week ago to keep his ti­tle chances alive, with hopes he can keep pres­sur­ing Ros­berg into a mis­take.

Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen and Daniel Ric­cia­rdo will fill out the sec­ond row to­day at the Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro- driguez.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Bri­tain, drives his car dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for pole po­si­tion for to­day’s Mex­ico Grand Prix Photo: AP

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