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Ricciardo Snatches Mexico Pole Away From Red Bull Team-mate Verstappen

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Daniel Ricciardo - Mexican Grand Prix - F1
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Daniel Ricciardo snatched pole from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen as the team locked out the front row for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen had been on course to break the record for youngest pole sitter in Formula 1 history until Ricciardo pulled out a monster final lap to snatch his third pole position in his career – it is the first time in the turbo era that Red Bull have locked out the front row of the grid.

Lewis Hamilton will start third ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel who will line-up alongside him on the second row of the grid at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

It’s all Finnish third row with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport of Valtteri Bottas ahead of last week’s race winner Kimi Räikkönen.

The two Renault Sport Formula One Team qualified seventh and eighth with Nico Hülkenberg ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr., while the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team got both cars into Q3 for the second time this season, with Charles Leclerc in ninth ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

Qualifying 2 only saw fourteen drivers set a lap with Pierre Gasly opting not to set a time as he knew he would be starting from the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

Esteban Ocon was the unlucky driver in eleventh as he just missed out on the top ten after Racing Point Force India F1 Team tried to get both their drivers through on the Ultrasoft tyre, while Fernando Alonso was twelfth quickest for the McLaren F1 Team ahead of the home favourite Sergio Pérez.

Brendon Hartley’s Formula 1 future is still in doubt and a mistake in the final sector meant he could only qualify fourteenth in his Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda.

The first part of qualifying saw both Haas F1 Team cars eliminated for the first time since this race last year. Romain Grosjean was sixteenth fastest but does take a three-place grid penalty after his incident in Austin.

Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen was only eighteenth fastest with Stoffel Vandoorne in seventeenth in the second McLaren, while the two Williams Martini Racing cars were the slowest runners, Lance Stroll outqualifying team-mate Sergey Sirotkin as their poor season continues.

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