Rosberg storms to fourth straight pole position in Mexico


Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix from pole position after setting the pace at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon.

Rosberg produced a fine lap during the final stage of qualifying to score his fourth consecutive pole position, heading up a Mercedes one-two ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg set the early pace in Q3, and his lap midway through the session was enough for pole as the track cooled, preventing drivers from going any quicker with their final flying laps.

Hamilton was forced to settle for second place on the grid, finishing less than two-tenths of a second shy of Rosberg at the front. Sebastian Vettel followed the Mercedes duo in P3 a further two-tenths back.

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo made good on Red Bull’s impressive practice pace to qualify fourth and fifth respectively, finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Home hero Sergio Perez paid for opting not to go out early, finishing ninth. Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten.

Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen both managed to edge into Q3 with late Q2 laps, allowing them to qualify seventh and eighth respectively. Their progress came at the expense of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Romain Grosjean, who will start 11th and 12th tomorrow ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Marcus Ericsson.

Kimi Raikkonen’s slim hopes of ending his 100-race pole drought were extinguished completely in Q2 when a brake problem caused him to spin at turn one, forcing the Finn to bring his qualifying to an early end. Finishing 15th, Raikkonen will drop down to 18th for the start of the race by virtue of his grid penalty.

McLaren’s difficult weekend continued as a signal problem on Jenson Button’s power unit forced the Briton to miss qualifying, leaving him 20th on the grid. Teammate Fernando Alonso fared little better, dropping out of Q1 in 16th place ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and the Manor duo of Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens.

Rosberg may not be able to win the drivers’ championship, but the German will be looking to end his four-month win drought on Sunday as he bids to finish the year as runner-up to Hamilton.

However, having converted just two of his last ten poles into a race win, Rosberg will know that he must break with his recent form if he is to become the first winner of the Mexican Grand Prix since Nigel Mansell back in 1992.

The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1:30pm ET on Sunday.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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