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Daniel Ricciardo stunned Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen by taking pole position for Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen, 21, vowed to deny Hamilton the chance of securing his fifth championship in style, and the Dutchman appears the man to beat after a dominant day for his Red Bull team.

"Just super happy. It's been a while since pole".

Speaking about his approach to the start of the Grand Prix with the long 900 meter run down to turn one, Hamilton admitted that he has one eye on the championship rather than the Grand Prix saying, "We saw what happened past year with the red vehicle behind, so I don't know".

Verstappen, who won in Mexico past year, looked set to become the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history as he was on provisional pole before the final flying laps at the high-altitude Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

"The whole qualifying was crap", the youngster told the global television audience. The reigning world champion - who needs to finish seventh or higher to claim a fifth title - looked out of sorts during the opening practice sessions on Friday.

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"You could hear how happy he was on the slow-down lap, so really pleased for him", Horner said.

Force India's Q2 gamble: Esteban Ocon's radio message at the end of Q2 confirmed Force India's preference not to qualify inside the top ten: "Good job - that's what we targeted, right?" With the Renaults performing strongly and set to start tomorrow's race from seventh and eighth, fourth in the constructors' championship looks to be a pipe dream for the American team.

Verstappen and Ricciardo will have to decide how much to fight each other for the win.

"These guys were just too quick", Hamilton said after the session finished. They were in a league of their own in general up until qualifying and even in qualifying.

The other factor is that Vettel must win all three remaining Grand Prix if has a hope of taking title honors for his own and the Ferrari man's task looks hard as he starts directly behind Hamilton in fourth. You've got to race it like normal and go in for the win.

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas couldn't respond on the second attempt.


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