Daniel Ricciardo expects Mercedes, Ferrari fightback in Mexico

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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo snatched pole position from teammate Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday, while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton sits in flawless position in third to win his fifth career Formula One championship.

Last year's race victor Verstappen, 21, had dominated all three practice sessions and was on provisional pole before the final flying laps at the high-altitude Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

Hamilton settled for a spot on the second row of the grid behind Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

It's also Ricciardo's first pole since his victory in Monaco.

Lewis Hamilton is edging closer to a fifth world championship but will look to seal the crown in style at this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.

A seventh-place finish will secure the Briton's fifth career title, matching the late Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina for second behind only the seven of Germany's Michael Schumacher.

"This is a great day for us", said Hamilton.

"I'm really happy for Daniel", he insisted. The German now holds the record at 21 years and 72 days - having taken pole at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix while driving for Toro Rosso.

"These guys were just too quick", Hamilton said after the session finished.

"We have plenty of work ahead of us overnight and in FP3 tomorrow to put ourselves in a stronger position than we were able to achieve today".

"We didn't have the cleanest run through practice and I knew putting a lap together would be crucial as always, I knew the pace was in the vehicle, obviously Max showed that from start to finish". It's been a while since I've had a good weekend in general.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, the only man that can deny Hamilton the title, starts from fourth and must win if he has any hope of extending the championship to the next race in Brazil. "We will get a good tow from the two in front so hopefully I can gain a position". "Obviously a year ago we didn't have a great race, and I'm hoping for a better race tomorrow. We hadn't had the cleanest run through practice and I just knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always", said Ricciardo, who whooped in delight as he realised what he had done.

"The Red Bulls, they are very fast, they will be hard to beat - maybe they'll beat themselves", joked Vettel.

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