Daniel Ricciardo snatches Mexico pole position from Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo has taken pole position ahead of the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen from claiming an F1 record .

Ricciardo’s luck has been unfortunate ever since his unbelievable win in Monaco. Daniel has retired from ten of his last 22 races. Eight of those retirements were due to mechanical faults.

This is the Australian’s first ever pole position away from Monaco, where he started at the front of the grid in both 2016 and 2018.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen looked likely to take the front seat, which would have made him the youngest pole sitter in Formula 1 history. Verstappen had been dominant throughout the practice sessions and qualifying. Afterwards he claimed: “The whole qualifying was crap.”

Max starts in P2 ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton lines up next to his closest rival for the 2018 championship title, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel starts Mexico in fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo departs Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season after five years with the team, to make an unexpected move to Renault.

Lewis Hamilton is expected to clinch the 2018 championship title tomorrow. The Briton only needs to finish in the top seven to claim the 2018 trophy.

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