Verstappen blames brakes issues for lost pole

Ricciardo in-depth interview

Verstappen had been hoping to become the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history, and was clearly disappointed at being outpaced by Ricciardo.

Ricciardo made sure to applaud his Red Bull teammate for ensuring the team had a lock on the front row of the grid for the first time in five years.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel must take the chequered flag to stand any chance of denying Hamilton the title, but he failed to trouble the top of the order here.

"I knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always, and Max showed the pace was in the vehicle all weekend". It is the first time Ricciardo out-qualified Verstappen on a penalty-free weekend for Red Bull since his last pole position, at May's Monaco Grand Prix, which he won.

Verstappen lost out by 0.026, with Ricciardo setting a track record time of one minute 14.759 seconds, and he did not try and hide his disappointment. "We had a hard day yesterday and it was a big improvement today so obviously, yesterday we were much, much further back so I wasn't expecting to be up as high as we got but the team did a great job last night in analyzing and moving forward today".




"The whole qualifying was crap", the Dutchman said. I think it will be decided over strategy and tyres: "how confident you are at the end of the stints, how much you can push - so we'll have to wait and see". "To be as close as I am, I'm really quite happy with that, and to be on third, it's not a bad start".

"Daniel did the better job in Q3 and deserves the pole".

In recent weeks, Ricciardo has been beset with a raft of vehicle issues, with his early retirement from last weekend's U.S. Grand Prix leading Horner to question why Renault was continuing to allow his run of reliability issues given his imminent move from Red Bull in 2019.

"You have the two Red Bulls, who have the least straight-line speed, in the front row, then it's us and the Ferraris, who are obviously nearly 10kph up to everybody else".

Hamilton won his fourth title in Mexico past year after starting third and then having to fight back from last to ninth following an opening lap collision with Vettel, who had been on pole but lost out to Verstappen.

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