Max Verstappen labelled his entire qualifying as “crap” as he missed out on pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The Dutchman was on provisional pole and on course to become the youngest-ever polesitter in Formula 1 history.
But, Ricciardo found major improvement on his second hot lap in Q3 and pipped his team-mate to top spot by 0.026 seconds.
Verstappen had to therefore settle for P2 as Red Bull recorded their first front row lock-out in the turbo hybrid era.
He had been the fastest driver in all three practice sessions, but he has still not been completely comfortable with the car throughout the weekend.
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“The whole qualifying was crap,” said Verstappen in his typically blunt assessment.
“Same problems from P2, engine braking not how I want to, rear-locking the car.
“We tried to make the best of it and I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it’s still good to be second.
“I’ll drive around [the problems tomorrow].”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner did not have much sympathy for Verstappen after he missed out on a historic pole.
“Max had the same car and same opportunity, Daniel did the better job in Q3 and deserves the pole,” Horner said.
“It”s been well executed today, we’ve just got to convert it tomorrow now.”