Date published: October 28 2018
Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday’s Mexican GP from pole position while his 2019 replacement, Pierre Gasly, has been sent to the back of the grid.
Ricciardo wowed in qualifying as he laid down a 1:14.759, a new lap record, to beat Max Verstappen by 0.026s.
Lewis Hamilton, who can wrap up his fifth World title with a P7 on the day, is third on the grid ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel.
At the other end of the grid, Romain Grosjean falls to 18th place as he has a three-place penalty for causing a collision in Austin while Gasly has a 20-place penalty for changing engine parts and receiving a new gearbox.
The provisional grid
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:14.759
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.026s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.135s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.211s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.401s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.571s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.068s
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1.325s
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1.43s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1.754s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:16.844
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:16.871
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:17.167
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:17.184
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:16.966
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.599
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:17.689
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.911 *
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:17.886
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso no time **
* Grosjean penalised three places for causing a collision at the previous round
** Gasly penalised 20 places for engine change and new gearbox