Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

F1 qualifying RESULT - Mexican Grand Prix 2018 in Mexico City

F1 qualifying RESULT - Mexican Grand Prix 2018 in Mexico City

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who needs to outscore Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by five points to take his fifth title, was fifth ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Vettel seventh and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen eight.

Ricciardo held only fourth after the opening Q3 runs at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez but vaulted up to first on his second push lap, overhauling Verstappen by just 0.026s.

Verstappen was clearly frustrated by the result, bumping the second-place board as he arrived on the start-finish straight. Second and third sector he just nailed it. "I tried very hard and I knew that I had to find at least two-tenths if I want to improve".

"I think we are able to run the vehicle in its optimum state and we've got a power unit that this weekend looks competitive relative to the others". "Considering how bad yesterday was for us, and so I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who's back at the factory who've been working hard overnight and also the guys here, to rectify the issues we've had and get the vehicle back into a sweeter spot. I've got to relax a little, I'm tripping major nut sack right now".

Verstappen was rather less excited.

"The whole qualifying was crap", the youngster told the global television audience.

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"We had the same problems from practice yesterday".

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

"Yesterday was alright, so we'll see what happens", concluded Vettel, who notably has never finished on the podium in Mexico City. "Of course, being behind the Red Bulls is not a bad thing".

The 800-yard dash to the opening bend is the longest on the calendar and past year Vettel collided with Hamilton at the third bend. It really depends how we get away, but third place is a nice place to start here. "But of course I'll be aware of the Bulls ahead".

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso's season - set to be his last in F1 - continued to wind down in unspectacular fashion as the two-time champion scraped into Q2 after a wobble and qualified in 12th.

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