Daniel Ricciardo Retires from the Mexican Grand Prix

Florence Fletcher
November 1, 2018

And by the time he'd crossed the line for lap 62 and headed into Turn 1, the game was up, once again, for Ricciardo.

Ricciardo is set to make his final appearance for Red Bull at the end of November in the season's concluding race in Abu Dhabi.

A second pit stop put Vettel back behind Ricciardo but the Australian's retirement handed his former team-mate a meaningless second place.

"I don't know if it will ever kick in", said Hamilton.

"I always believed we could win this championship, but it was one of the toughest", Hamilton said. "I'm not superstitious or any of this bullshit, but. the car's cursed". I really do aspire to be like him as a strong black man and as a father and as a human being, doing what he did in the hard times and with the little that he had, I think that's testament to where we are.

Team boss Christian Horner agreed Ricciardo had pulled off a stunner, with the team locking out the front row for the first time in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.

Verstappen cut a markedly less enthusiastic figure after the session.

"I congratulated him, I think he drove superbly all year and was the better one of us two".

"We were struggling both Valtteri (Bottas) and I and we had to just hang on and bring the vehicle home".

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Lewis Hamilton moved level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five Formula One drivers' championships on Sunday in a Mexican Grand Prix that was won by Max Verstappen.

The Briton hailed his team for turning around his vehicle after a deeply uncompetitive showing during Friday practice.

"I am really happy with it", he said. "We had the same problems from practice yesterday". That's as good as I could get.

Vettel delivered his best drive since the summer break on Sunday, but it was a case of too little, too late for the German, whose championship challenge has been defined by a series of mistakes.

"I'm holding a lot in, I let a bit out when I heard I got pole".

"The championships have been so close, the competition of the main contenders, we have not been the quickest for considerable chunks, we have been competitive at the right spots and when we weren't competitive Lewis did enough to stay in it". His Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas finished fifth but lapped by Verstappen. "I've got to save a lot of energy for the race".

"It was a mighty last lap from him". Over this period, he has outscored Force India's Sergio Perez by just a single point.

He nearly self-destructed on Lap 47, running too wide at the first turn and ruining his tyres as well as conceding P3 to Ricciardo. Kevin Magnussen (Haas); 3 laps: 16.

Marcus Ericsson followed in the second Sauber, knocking Romain Grosjean in the second Haas into 16th and early elimination.

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