Daniel Ricciardo takes pole for Mexican Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton third

• Red Bulls lock out front row of the grid in Mexico
• Hamilton can seal world championship in Sunday’s race

That Lewis Hamilton will clinch his fifth world championship here in Mexico on Sunday remains almost a certainty. Doing so with the celebratory flourish of victory, however, will require the British driver to be on top form after Daniel Ricciardo claimed pole position for the race. With Max Verstappen in second Red Bull have locked out the front row while Hamilton, who despite some exceptional performances over the single lap this season, could manage only third. Crucially, however, his title rival Sebastian Vettel was behind him in fourth.

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