Daniel Ricciardo snags pole from teammate Max Verstappen at Mexican Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are wary of a repeat of last year's chaos at the opening few corners of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen fumed that his Red Bull vehicle let him down as team-mate Daniel Ricciardo stole pole position in Mexico.

After taking pole for the first time at a race other than Monaco, Ricciardo was ecstatic in the vehicle, leaving his engineers in stitches with his celebration, before making his push for quote of the season when being interviewed on the track.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel must take the chequered flag to stand any chance of denying Hamilton the title, but he failed to trouble the top of the order here.

Red Bull's lock-out of the front row promises a thrilling multi-car duel down to Turn 1, but as a priority Horner wants his driver to remain out of trouble and work together to keep their rivals at bay after the launch from the grid. "It's been well executed, we just need to convert it [into a win]".

"I knew the pace was in the auto, Max showed that all weekend from start to finish".

It was then that Ricciardo pulled out a rapid lap of 1:14.759, which was more than a second better than his best times from the first and second qualifying runs.

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"I still wasn't convinced, it wasn't the cleanest (lap), but once I heard I got pole I got to relax a little", added the Australian, who is leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of the year.

"The whole qualifying was crap", the deflated Dutchman said.

"The behaviour was not correct", he continued, "we couldn't do anything in qualifying so I had to go forward on the brake balance to try to stabilise the whole vehicle".

Behind the Red Bulls all eyes will be on the title contenders, with Hamilton in the stronger position after a hard few days for Mercedes.

Therefore, the Renault in the back of Verstappen's Red Bull - usually inferior to the might of Mercedes and Ferrari - is on a more competitive playing field this weekend. I'm happy with what we have achieved (in qualifying), and now it's about carrying it through. "We will get a good tow from the two in front so hopefully I can gain a position".

Hamilton recovered from last year's chaotic start to finish by clawing back to a ninth-place finish at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which was all he needed to clinch the title on that occasion.