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Formula 1 2017: Mexican Grand Prix starting grid, lineup

Sebastian Vettel has pole while Lewis Hamilton will start third for the Mexican Grand.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - Qualifying Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes can win the Formula One Drivers Championship with a finish of fifth place or better at Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, but he’ll be starting third on the grid behind Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari on pole and Max Verstappen of Red Bull in second.

The grand prix will begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by NBC in the United States. Live streaming can be found via NBC Sports in web browsers or via the NBC Sports app on phones, tablets and game consoles.

Hamilton couldn’t keep pace with Red Bull or Ferrari, and starts on the second row next to teammate Valtteri Bottas. Vettel narrowly passed Verstappen to take pole position, but he nearly didn’t.

“It’s very difficult here — it’s very slippery and difficult to get everything in one lap and had a little bit in the first sector and managed to get that right so I had a good start,” Vettel said. “Then I had a bit of a moment in turn six and I nearly lost it there. I had to go down to first gear but didn’t lose any time. Then I knew in the last sector if I could just keep it clean and cross the line it should be enough and it was, so I’m really really happy.”

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Esteban Ocon of Force India have the third row, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault the fourth and finally, Carlos Sainz Jr. of Renault and Sergio Perez of Force India round out the top 10.

Toro Rosso will field Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly as their two drivers for this race, and it sounds like Daniil Kvyat has truly lost his seat on a permanent basis. Gasly will start from the back of the grid after not posting a time in qualifying.

Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren both will start near the back, at 18th and 19th, respectively, due to a power unit component change.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday as well as the full lineup and starting grid for the grand prix.

Mexican Grand Prix Starting Grid

Driver Team Best Time
Driver Team Best Time
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.488
Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.574
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.934
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.958
Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.238
Esteban Ocon Force India 1:17.437
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.447
Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:17.464
Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:17.794
Sergio Pérez Force India 1:17.807
Felipe Massa Williams 1:18.099
Lance Stroll Williams 1:19.159
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso No time
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:19.176
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:19.333
Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.443
Romain Grosjean Haas 1:19.473
Fernando Alonso McLaren No time
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren No time
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso No time

How to watch Formula One Mexican Grand Prix

Date: Oct. 29, 2017

Location: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico

Time: 3 p.m. ET


Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live