Pole is sweet for Ricciardo but sour for Verstappen

Hope Soto
November 1, 2018

Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth F1 world championship with a fourth-placed finish in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the second year in a row.

Ricciardo, who will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year to join Renault and will be replaced by Toro Rosso driver Gasly, retired from the Mexican Grand Prix while fighting off Sebastian Vettel for second place late on.

"I'm delighted the Team secured victory today, but it's bittersweet to have lost Daniel when we looked set for a 1-2", Horned posted on Instagram.

The Briton Hamilton captured back-to-back titles and his fourth in six years with Mercedes after a maiden trophy with McLaren-Mercedes in 2008 to draw level on joint second with Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list. "I need to save a little serenity for tomorrow". For the race start, it's all over the place with the pre-start. "I've had some of the best races of my career".

The 21-year-old even frequently instructed his Red Bull team to turn his engine down after watching Ricciardo retire from the race with another mechanical failure.

"It's a terrible moment", said Vettel, a four-time champion who has finished second two years in a row and three times in his career. Ferrari 530, 3. Red Bull 362, 4. Engine failure has killed his auto in six of the last 11 races with two left on the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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

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But Verstappen certainly controlled his emotions on Sunday, fighting off Lewis Hamilton at the start before displaying vast maturity and race guile to take the chequered flag, 17 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

'It wasn't won here, just throughout the season and a lot of hard work. "But well deserved, congrats to Lewis and his team, they did a superb job all year".

The Dutchman was clearly frustrated by the result, deliberately bumping the second-place board with his vehicle as he arrived on the start-finish straight, and then bemoaning problems with his Red Bull machinery.

"I never thought Fernando would be asking me questions", Hamilton said with a smile.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 and to complete this, when Fangio had done it with Mercedes, is an incredible feeling and it is very surreal to me at the moment".

Ricciardo, who leaves the team for Renault next year, offered his vehicle to replacement Pierre Gasly early, claiming he was "done with it" and it was "cursed". The two had a costly collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that knocked both cars out of the race.

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