Ricciardo seizes pole from Verstappen in Mexico, Hamilton 3rd

Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen on top. Top championship contender Lewis Hamilton secure third ahead of his main title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton needs a seventh place or better finish at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to equal Juan Manuel Fangio’s five drivers title.

“I knew it was there somewhere,” says Daniel Ricciardo after finding his pace.

“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.”

Verstappen now speaks – “The whole qualifying was c**p. Same problems from P2, engine braking not how I want to, rear-locking the car.

“We tried to make the best of it and I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it’s still good to be second.

“I’ll drive around [the problems tomorrow]

Hamilton added – “I’m really, really happy with it. We had a difficult day yesterday and it was a big improvement today . Yesterday we were much further back so I wasn’t expecting to be up as high as we got but the team did a great job last night.

“That’s as good as I could get. I’m really happy for Daniel so congratulations to him. Being behind the Red Bulls is not a bad thing.”