News Vettel hoping Red Bulls 'will beat themselves' on Sunday

News Vettel hoping Red Bulls 'will beat themselves' on Sunday

News Vettel hoping Red Bulls 'will beat themselves' on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton qualified third for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix Saturday as he looks to secure world championship title number five at the same venue where he wrapped things up in 2017.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, pictured October 7, 2018, struggled with tyre-wear and lack of mechanical grip with his Mercedes auto as he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas were outpaced.

"I said coming to this event, this altitude of race brings the engines closer within the bracket of Mercedes and Ferrari", he said.

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

The 1-2 start will be the first for Red Bull since the start of the hybrid engine era in 2014.

Behind the Red Bulls all eyes will be on the title contenders, with Hamilton in the stronger position after a hard few days for Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo has denied Max Verstappen the chance to become the youngest man in Formula One history to claim pole position after beating his Red Bull team-mate with a sensational flying lap in Mexico.

"The whole qualifying was c**p", said the 21-year-old.

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"I am really happy with it", he said. 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.

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

"Congratulations to Daniel. These guys were just too quick". They were in a league of their own in general up until qualifying and even in qualifying.

And in his way for the start of Sunday's race will be a wall of blue, after his former team Red Bull locked out the front row in qualifying.

"Hopefully we're in a quicker vehicle all day". You've got to race it like normal and go in for the win.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of his Renault teammate Carlos Sainz and the two Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

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