Daniel Ricciardo takes Mexico Grand Prix pole on all-Red Bull front row

Elena Summers
October 28, 2018

Verstappen, who won in Mexico past year, looked set to become the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history as he was on provisional pole before the final flying laps at the high-altitude Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. "Considering how bad yesterday was for us, and so I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who's back at the factory who've been working hard overnight and also the guys here, to rectify the issues we've had and get the vehicle back into a sweeter spot".

The jovial Australian has been out of sorts and out of luck since his last pole at the Monaco Grand Prix, which he went on to win - also his last visit to the podium.

The Red Bulls got their first front-row pairing since before the era of hybrid engines started in 2014.

"It's too early to say it's just going to be a race between each other, as nice as that would be", Ricciardo said.

"You could hear how happy he was on the slow-down lap, so really pleased for him", Horner said.

"Those guys (Red Bull) are in a league of their own", he said.

Verstappen fumed as Ricciardo celebrated, but Hamilton - in third - was considerably happier as he qualified ahead of title rival Vettel to edge towards the drivers' championship.

If the Englishman finishes seventh or better in Mexico a fifth title will be his and although his... It's been a while since I've had a good weekend in general. We tried to make the best of it.

Hamilton said his Mercedes felt like a completely different auto than it had done 24 hours previously. The Red Bulls are very fast and hard to beat but maybe they will beat themselves.

"Yesterday was alright, so we'll see what happens", concluded Vettel, who notably has never finished on the podium in Mexico City.

"So big changes and improvements were made overnight and to come back in today and put us in contention all of a sudden - we didn't think yesterday with that performance that we would be able to qualify on an ultra so that would have been a massive disadvantage for us tomorrow if we had to start on the hyper for example".

"I said coming to this event, this altitude of race brings the engines closer within the bracket of Mercedes and Ferrari", he said.

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