Best of 2018: Ricciardo steals pole position in Mexico

Daniel Ricciardo Mexico Pole Position 2018

Daniel Ricciardo stunned teammate Max Verstappen in a scintillating drive that claimed pole position at the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix.

Now racing with Renault F1 Team in 2019, the lap sealed a Red Bull Racing front row, edging out his young team rival by less than a tenth of a second.

Verstappen had been leading the time sheet all weekend before Ricciardo executed the fastest lap of the session, Reb Bull Racing team principle Christian Horner describing that it came “out of nowhere”.

“I’m tripping major nut-sack right now … shout out to the team to get a one-two,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

“I knew it was in there somewhere – I just knew the pace was in the car – Max showed that all weekend.

“I still wasn’t convinced it was the cleanest lap, but I’ve got to relax a little.”

Ricciardo said the sloppy conditions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit were some of the “worst” for racing.

“It’s too dry for inters, we’ll just burn ‘em up and we might need them for qualifying,” he said. “But it’s too wet for slicks, even if we go out on the hyper-softs we won’t learn anything. Have to wait for it to rain or dry up more.”

Unfortunately, Ricciardo was unable to complete the race after reaching pole position instead achieving his eighth DNF for the season – this one due to hydraulic failure – sealing the Australian’s fate.

A clearly frustrated Ricciardo rued what would have been a promising result “Everything feels hopeless,

“You know, honestly, now where I am, I don’t see the point of coming on Sunday, I don’t see the point of doing the next two races.

“I’m not superstitious or any of this bulls**t, but… the car’s cursed.

“Even today, you know, the starts have been good all weekend, the practice starts, and for the race start, it’s all over the place with the pre-start.

“Just things are happening on Sunday which I’ve got no more explanation for. The car… I’ll let Gasly drive it, I’m done with it.”

Ricciardo did return for his final two weekends with Reb Bull Racing, achieving fourth place finishes in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

The 2019 season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in years, with a range of team, rule and driver changes - and of course own Australian hopeful moving to Renault F1 Team.

Catch all the action in Melbourne for the season opener at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, 14-17 March.

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