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Lewis Hamilton may be set to claim his 5th world championship but if he wants to win the Mexican Grand Prix, he’s going to have to fight his way past two very impressive Red Bull cars to do so. Daniel Ricciardo surprised many as he denied his teammate, Max Verstappen, pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Red Bull’s, benefitting from the altitude, proved that their chassis is in top kit as the power at this elevation is slightly neutralized in Mercedes and Ferrari’s performance. This left the Red Bull duo battling for pole position.

Lewis will start on the second row alongside his only possible competitor, Sebastian Vettel, who typically gets decent starts in his Ferrari. Can traffic, attrition or concerns over a too-hot engine see Vettel survive for one more race or will Lewis be celebrating another championship in Mexico come Sunday night?

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.759s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m14.785s 0.026s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.894s 0.135s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m14.970s 0.211s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m15.160s 0.401s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.330s 0.571s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m15.827s 1.068s
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m16.084s 1.325s
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.189s 1.430s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m16.513s 1.754s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m16.844s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m16.871s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.167s
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m17.184s
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m16.966s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m17.599s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m17.689s
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.911s
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m17.886s
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda

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