- Carlos set a 1:16.014 lap in Q3 for the Mexican GP, clinching the seventh spot of the grid as the fastest car after the three leading teams.
- The McLaren driver ran on medium tyres in his first Q2 outing, although he switched back to softs in the end to make his way to the final round.
- A crash from Bottas caused a yellow flag in the closing stages of Q3, but Carlos had already set his fastest lap.
- The soft tyre, prone to graining at this track, is set to be one of the key factors of the race strategy.
"Another P7 for the Starting Grid. Good news. I have felt really comfortable all weekend long. In Q2 we gambled on mediums, but I came across a Toro Rosso and I couldn’t put my lap together".
"Tomorrow we will be starting on soft tyres, which could be up to ten seconds slower than the medium compound during the first stint of the race. We will have to get it right, because there will be cars coming on mediums from behind. The team has done a really good job so far. I am happy with my Qualifying performance. We have a chance to score another good result tomorrow".