How Verstappen can make history in Mexico

MAX Verstappen is on course to make history this weekend at the Mexican Grand Prix should he continue the blistering pace he set during the first two practice sessions.

The Dutchman could become the youngest-ever pole-sitter in Formula One history should Red Bull’s dominance continue into qualifying overnight on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel currently holds the record at 21 years and 72 days old, while Verstappen is will be 21 and 27 days old when he competes in qualifying this weekend. He currently holds the record for the youngest person to start a grand prix as well as being the youngest person to ever win one.

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‘This is astonishing!’: Red Bull springs practice shock in Mexico

Five takeaways from day one of the Mexican Grand Prix

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F1: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished seventh in practice for the Mexican GP, meanwhile Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest.

Verstappen finished the first day of practice in Mexico with the fastest lap, just ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, with a time of 1:16.720 – the pair were more than a second ahead of third-placed Carlos Sainz in his Renault.

However, his biggest obstacle in claiming pole could be his own car which suffered engine failure towards the end of Practice 2 to cut short any euphoria from the Red Bull garage.

Red Bull played down the significance of the breakdown and it is the huge advantage they have over the rest of the paddock which was truly startling in Mexico City.

Max Verstappen ended the day with engine failure.Source:AFP

“We have a good car, with good downforce and good mechanical grip," Verstappen, who won in Mexico last year, told Sky Sports. “The car was quick here last year but after today I think we are more competitive than 2017.

“I had a small issue with hydraulics at the end but we haven't been able to check the car yet. We are not too concerned ahead of tomorrow, the guys will investigate this evening but hopefully it is a quick fix.”

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