Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull in 'league of their own' in Mexico

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'

Hamilton says Red Bull are 'out of reach'

"Well the grid has the potential for carnage on the straight and through the first corners, because you have the two Red Bulls who have the least straight line speed on the front row, and then it's us and then the Ferraris are obviously nearly 10 kph up on everyone else".

Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who need only finish seventh on Sunday to secure his fifth title, will line up in third place with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel qualifying fourth.

Having seen teammate Max Verstappen go quickest in all three qualifying sessions and then set the fastest time at the beginning of the Q3 fight for pole, Ricciardo leapt from fourth to first at the final attempt to deny the Dutchman the chance to become the youngest driver to ever achieve the feat.

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo beat off the challenge of teammate Max Verstappen to claim pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix. "This is why I don't want to think too much - none of us want to think too much - about the championship, but just really concentrate on the task at hand".

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 a year ago with the red auto behind, so I don't know".

Verstappen lost out by 0.026, with Ricciardo setting a track record time of one minute 14.759 seconds, and he did not try and hide his disappointment.

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"I've got to relax a little".

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

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.

In recent weeks, Ricciardo has been beset with a raft of auto issues, with his early retirement from last weekend's U.S. Grand Prix leading Horner to question why Renault was continuing to allow his run of reliability issues given his imminent move from Red Bull in 2019. "To be as close as I am, I'm really quite happy with that, and to be on third, it's not a bad start". "We will get a good tow from the two in front so hopefully I can gain a position".

Although Hamilton missed the opportunity to clinch his fifth crown last week, a finish of seventh or higher will be enough in Mexico City even if Vettel wins the race.

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