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Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

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  1. Time to say goodbye

    Formula 1

    The clocks go back one hour tonight, but has Lewis Hamilton given himself a bit more time in his bid to defend his world title by securing pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix?

    Join us tomorrow at 17:30 GMT to find out.

    See you later.

  2. Rosberg's best performance of the season?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Nico Rosberg managed to get it all together when it mattered and sneak on to the second row. Considering the pressure, it was one of his most impressive performances of the season.

    Read more from Andrew Benson in his qualifying reporthere.

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  4. The state of play

    So for Lewis Hamilton, nothing really changes if he wins tomorrow's race and Nico Rosberg finishes second.

    Even if Hamilton wins all the remaining races, two second-place finishes and a third would be enough for Rosberg to clinch his first world championship.

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  6. Post update


    Lewis Hamilton didn't sound exactly delighted about securing pole position, but that will probably have a lot to do with Nico Rosberg's last-minute charge. 

    Hamilton will know that no matter what he does tomorrow, Rosberg can tootle home in second and still be in the driving seat for the championship.

    Add to that Hamilton's record of poor starts this season, and he's got a lot to think about overnight. 

  7. Post update

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo: "I don't know how close we were to pole, I guess everyone had handling issues out there - I think it was pretty terrible balance. 

    "It was a handful, we didn't expect a perfect car and you can't when the altitude is like this and the grip. From that I think fourth is great. It was a pretty confusing qualifying."

    Daniel Ricciardo
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    Max Verstappen, who qualified third: "You have to be realistic in Q2, some other guys were on soft tyres. I had a good feeling with the car all weekend, I was getting better and better but it was a shame in Q3 I couldn't get the lap together. We have a different strategy for tomorrow."

  10. 'A great chance'

    Nico Rosberg, who qualified second: "Lewis' lap was brilliant, not so much mine, but I put it together when it counted so I'm pleased with that. It still gives me a great chance for tomorrow. I took a bit longer this weekend to find the way, generally with the tyre temperatures on the cold side. I got there in the end."

  11. "Hey Lewis, this is Juan Pablo Montoya"

    Excellent bit of radio communication from Mercedes to Lewis Hamilton after the Briton secured pole position.

    "Hey Lewis this is Juan Pablo Montoya, do you copy?"

    "What's up Juan?"

    "How are you? Congratulations on that 10th pole of your career. How was that lap?"

    "Good to hear from you man. It could have been better but it is good to be up there and great for the team to have a one-two."

    Juan Pablo Montoya
  12. 'I'll turn up to do the job'

    More from Lewis Hamilton: "There is more grip on the track now, last year we were sliding around a lot more, today it felt more like a race track.

    "There is no real tactic. I turned up to do the job and I'll try and do the same thing I did last week. I'm looking forward to the race and the car feels great."

  13. Post update

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton, who secured pole position: "It's always tough trying to pull out perfect laps when it matters. Definitely very challenging."

  14. Edging closer

    That's Lewis Hamilton's 59th pole position of his career. He's now nine behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record and six behind Ayrton Senna. (Source: Forix)

    Michael Schumacher
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  16. Post update

    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    So many interesting stories, but ultimately Nico Rosberg came from way behind and that final lap was an extremely important moment for him.

  17. Post update

    That's a save of Gordon Banks proportions by Nico Rosberg there. He was nowhere after the first runs but pulled it out of the bag to secure second on the grid. That's exactly where he needs to be win the title.

    Gordon Banks' remarkable save from Pele in the 1970 World Cup
  18. Qualifying top 10

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Verstappen 4) Ricciardo 5) Hulkenberg 6) Raikkonen 7) Vettel 8) Bottas 9) Massa 10) Sainz

  19. Post update

    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    Goodness me that was close but Nico Rosberg has got second on the grid and if he finishes second for the rest of the season he can win the championship.

    Nico Rosberg
  20. Chequered flag


    Lewis Hamilton