October 26, 2019 / 10:45 PM / 18 days ago

Leclerc to start on pole in Mexico after Verstappen penalty

Formula One F1 - Mexican Grand Prix - Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, Mexico City, Mexico - October 26, 2019 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during press conference after qualifying second REUTERS/Luis Cortes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix on pole position after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen collected a three place penalty for failing to slow for a waved yellow warning flag in qualifying.

The drop means the front row will now be a Ferrari lockout, with Sebastian Vettel joining his team mate in what will be the Italian team’s sixth successive pole. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton moves up to third.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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