Ricciardo grabs pole at Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton can’t finish any lower than seventh if he’s to claim the crown this weekend. Pic GettyMore

Lewis Hamilton can’t finish any lower than seventh if he’s to claim the crown this weekend. Pic GettyMore

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came home third ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to the "amazing support" of his team and family after securing his fifth drivers' title Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix.

"I knew it was there somewhere", Ricciardo said, beaming.

"We got the strategy spot on again, having another set of Supersofts meant I was able to manage the wear knowing I had a fresh set to go onto towards the end of the race". "I was doing my own pace, matching his lap times when I needed to then, of course, Sebastian was coming through the field, passing Daniel, and also Lewis".

Lewis Hamilton has won the fifth Formula 1 world title of his career after finishing in fourth place at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday.

Despite Horner's sentiment It seems a case of too little too late with Ricciardo's move to the French outfit only weeks away, as he mulled over his final two races of the season. He lost it by 0.026 seconds.

Vettel took pole and dominated right up until a safety auto seemed to put victory in Valtteri Bottas' hands with Hamilton set for no better than third. That's as good as I could get.

"That's enabled us to go head-to-head, lock out the front row of the grid and win the grand prix in a dominant fashion". Verstappen is the defending race champion and dominated the three rounds of practice.

"I let a bit out once I heard I got pole", Ricciardo said, after the third poll of his career and first since his win in Monaco in May. Verstappen was still on the track but his final lap was too slow. He's leaving the team for Renault in 2019.

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. Both drivers were reprimanded for unsafe racing moves and team tensions were high.

Persistent tyre problems hindered Hamilton's race and chances of wrapping up the title with a win, but he remained safely within the required top seven.

"All we could do was retire the auto".

"He just had an immensely frustrating afternoon", said Horner.

He is now ahead of all his contemporaries, with Vettel on four titles and Fernando Alonso on two.

He'll want to be cautious from the start as the cars barrel through the opening long run into the first turn. The straight line power of his Mercedes nosed his auto in front until Verstappen cut under him at the first corner.

"Amazing", said Verstappen. "To be honest with you, I didn't sleep very well last night". Hamilton limped to a ninth-place finish but still clinched the season championship. A strong start Sunday was followed by a clunky race just to ensure a fourth for the championship. "Everyone's going to be barrelling into Turn One to gain, so it's a very, very fine line", the Briton told reporters after qualifying.

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