Ricciardo Takes Mexico Pole

Ricciardo Takes Mexico Pole

Daniel Ricciardo snatched a thrilling pole position for the Mexico Grand Prix after edging out Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen. Verstappen was on course to become the youngest pole-sitter ever after leading Q3 going into the final two minutes, but Ricciardo produced a brilliant final lap to set the fastest time and give Red Bull their first front-row lockout since 2013.

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The Australian also has a pole position at a track other than Monaco for the first time and he will be confident of picking up his third win of the season, having triumphed in China and on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s race third on the grid, next to the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, whilst Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen are fifth and sixth for the Silver Arrows and Scuderia respectively.

The two Renault’s of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz sit seventh and eighth whilst the Sauber’s of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson make up the top 10.

Speaking about his pole position, Ricciardo was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: “I knew it was there somewhere. I knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always. Max showed the pace was in the car all weekend.

“I just knew I had to put in a clean lap at the end. Shout out to the team, it’s a one-two. It’s pretty cool.”