Daniel Ricciardo pipped his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to pole in Mexico, but with less than three hundredths of a second.
In doing so, he denied the Dutchman the record of becoming the youngest pole-sitter in Formula 1 history. Ricciardo had not topped a session all weekend until Q3, but the Aussie knew that the performance was in his RB14.
“I knew it was there somewhere,” Ricciardo said. – We hadn’t the cleanest run through practice and I just knew putting a lap together would be crucial as always. “I knew the pace was in the car. Max showed that all weekend. So I just knew it was about putting together a clean lap at the end.
I am still convinced it was not the cleanest. But once I heard I got pole, I have got to relax a little. I am tripping major nut sack right now. That one makes it special as well and you know.” he admitted.
It is the first front row lock-out for Red Bull in the turbo hybrid era, with their last 1-2 in qualifying coming back in Austin in 2013.
Verstappen labelled his qualifying as “crap”: “The whole qualifying was crap. Same problems from P2, engine braking not how I want to, rear-locking the car. We tried to make the best of it. And I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it’s still good to be second. I’ll drive around the problems tomorrow.”
That’s all that separated @danielricciardo and @Max33Verstappen in qualifying, and it was the Aussie who ruled ???#MexicoGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/ON9ni0TMJ9
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