F1: Mexican Grand Prix, Red Bulls Racers on the Front Row
Last year’s race winner, Mr. Verstappen, 21 anni, dominated all 3 practice sessions and was on provisional Pole before being pipped on the final flying laps at the high-altitude Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
The front row lockout was Red Bull Racing’s 1st since the Y 2013 US Grand Prix.
MercedesAMGs’ championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, who needs only finish 7th Sunday to post his 5th title, will line up in 3rd place with Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel 4th on the Grid
Mr. Vettel is 70 points behind Mr. Hamilton with 2 races remaining after Mexico, must win the race to have any chance of denying Mr. Hamilton this season’s F1 championship.
“I knew it was there somewhere. We hadn’t had the cleanest run through practice and I just knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always,” said Mr. Ricciardo, who whooped in delight as he realized what he had done.
“I knew the pace was in the car, Max showed that all weekend from start to finish.
“I still was not convinced, it wasn’t the cleanest (lap), but once I heard I got pole I got to relax a little,” the Aussie added, who is leaving Red Bull for Renault next season.
This Pole is only the 3rd of Mr. Ricciardo’s F1 career and both of those prior ones came at Monaco.
Mr. Verstappen lost out by 0.026, with Mr. Ricciardo setting a track record time of 1 min 14.759 secs, he was disappointed.
How they line up Sunday
The Results and the Post-Qualifying Interviews
Mr. Hamilton won his 4th title in Mexico last year after starting 3rd and then having to fight back from last to 9th following an opening lap collision with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who had been on Pole, but lost out to Mr. Verstappen.
This weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix is set to get underway at 1:10p local time, 7:10 GMT and 2:10p EDT.
For US viewers, all of this weekend’s race is live on ESPN and ABC (all times EDT)
Race – Sunday, Oct. 28 2:30 PM – ABC
Encore – Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:00 PM – ESPNEWS
Encore – Monday, Oct. 29, 12:00 AM – ESPN2
UK viewers can watch every session live on Sky Sports F1.
Check local listings for all other territories.
Enjoy the racing Sunday.