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Verstappen takes pole as Bottas crashes

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Verstappen takes pole as Bottas crashes
Formula One F1 - Mexican Grand Prix - Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, Mexico City, Mexico - October 26, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Luis Cortes   -   Copyright  LUIS CORTES(Reuters)
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MEXICOCITY (Reuters) – Max Verstappen put himself on pole position for a third successive Mexican Grand Prix win on Saturday in a qualifying session that ended with Mercedes’s title contender Valtteri Bottas crashing heavily.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc joined the Dutchman on the front row with team mate Sebastian Vettel third and Lewis Hamilton, who needs to finish on the podium to clinch his sixth title on Sunday, qualifying fourth for Mercedes.

Bottas, the only driver who can deny Hamilton the title, will line up sixth on the grid barring any penalties.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)

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