Hamilton third as Ricciardo grabs Mexican Grand Prix pole

Hamilton third as Ricciardo grabs Mexican Grand Prix pole

Hamilton third as Ricciardo grabs Mexican Grand Prix pole

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo snatched pole position from teammate Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday, while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton sits in ideal position in third to win his fifth career Formula One championship.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, looked completely comfortable knowing he's in a flawless spot to win his fifth career Formula One championship.

"Well the grid has the potential for carnage on the straight and through the first corners, because you have the two Red Bulls who have the least straight line speed on the front row, and then it's us and then the Ferraris are obviously nearly 10 kph up on everyone else".

Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo dominated Friday's opening practice for this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.

He starts the race 70 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who qualified in fourth place.

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

Horner insisted that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen would be free to race, but he would also remind them that as a matter of principle a victory isn't conquered in the first corner.

It was a similar story in FP2, with Verstappen - the race victor in Mexico a year ago - going quickest with a time of one minute and 16.720 seconds ahead of Ricciardo.

"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.

"I was struggling in the qualifying", last year's race Verstappen said.

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. "To be as close as I am, I'm really quite happy with that, and to be on third, it's not a bad start". "You get a nice tow from the guys up ahead so naturally I'm going to be fighting to at least gain a position but of course I'm aware of the Bulls ahead".

Although Hamilton missed the opportunity to clinch his fifth crown last week, a finish of seventh or higher will be enough in Mexico City even if Vettel wins the race.

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