Monday, 19 November, 2018

Pole is sweet for Ricciardo but sour for Verstappen

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach' Daniel Ricciardo snags pole from teammate Max Verstappen at Mexican Grand Prix
Chelsea Rogers | 01 November, 2018, 14:40

The Australian's rollercoaster year was marred by drama stemming from the relentless engine issues that frayed his relationship with Red Bull and ultimately contributed to his departure for opponent Renault.

"There were several different problems on the whole vehicle".

"I felt like I couldn't push the vehicle to its limit", Verstappen said.

Red Bull had dominated qualifying to earn its first 1-2 start of the hybrid engine era.

Rosberg said it was irrelevant that Hamilton sealed the title with a disappointing race where Mercedes was way off the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.

Watching teammate Max Verstappen cruise away to victory in Mexico, pole sitter Ricciardo looked to have settled for second before his auto went up in smoke just 10 laps from the finish.

Hamilton endured an uncomfortable afternoon, struggling for grip with his tire choice and needing only a seventh-placed finish to guarantee the title, he put up little challenge as first Vettel and then Ricciardo overtook him.

Daniel Ricciardo denied Max Verstappen the chance to become the youngest man in Formula One history to claim pole position after beating his Red Bull team-mate with a sensational flying lap in Mexico. The straight line power of his Mercedes nosed his auto in front until Verstappen cut under him at the first corner.

But Verstappen kept ahead and slowly pulled away from Hamilton and his other challengers to secure the fifth victory of the burgeoning F1 career for the 21-year-old Dutch prodigy.

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The rivalry within the Red Bull ranks has not escaped Vettel's attention either.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, meaning the constructors' championship remained open at least until the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks' time with Mercedes' lead trimmed. It wasn't won here, it was won through a lot of hard work through many races.

"Obivously not an easy day", said Vettel.

"He drove superb all year".

After finishing third in Mexico City, Sebastian Vettel cut short his on-track interview with Sky Sports pundit David Coulthard in order to speak to Hamilton.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the World Championship, Formula One F1, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico. "Five (championships) is something incredible".

Ricciardo was running in a strong second place behind Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen and fending off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel when his vehicle broke down with ten laps remaining.

The Australian was running in second and set for a one-stop strategy which would have likely seen him hold off Sebastian Vettel for a Red Bull one-two before smoke began billowing from his auto with only 10 laps remaining.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his vehicle during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. "It was the most costly one, but it's part of racing", Vettel said.

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