Red Bull's Horner heaps praise on euphoric Ricciardo

Christian Horner, Red Bull team chief, said that it was a "great performance by both drivers", Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Daniel Ricciardo (right) will start the Mexican Grand Prix in pole position on Sunday.   -  AP

Red Bull team chief Christian Horner heaped praise on Daniel Ricciardo for a lap that “came out of nowhere” after he grabbed pole position on Saturday for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The big-grinning Australian upstaged his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen as the team secured its first front-row lockout since the United States Grand Prix in 2013.

“It was a great performance by both drivers, but 'wow' what a lap by Daniel to come from nowhere really,” said Horner. “To unleash that on his last run was absolutely outstanding.”

Ricciardo celebrated his success with a wild and loud reaction in his car and some comments that misquoted paraphrased lines from an American action/comedy film, 21 Jump Street, before he pulled himself together.

“I still wasn't convinced it was the cleanest lap, but I've got to relax a little -- I'm tripping major nut-sack right now,” he said in his post-session interview after claiming his third career pole and first anywhere other than Monaco.

“I'm holding a lot in,” he said. “I let a bit out once I heard I got pole, but I've got to save some energy for tomorrow.

“It's been a while since getting a pole, but it's been a while since we've had a good weekend in general. Super happy.

“We've been quick all weekend from the start, and from the team's point of view to get a one-two in qualifying is awesome.

“We've got to finish the job tomorrow, but to confirm our pace in qualifying is really good.

“Max led the way through the practices, I knew there was a bit more in it and I just squeezed it out at the very end.”

Horner added: “It's come right for Daniel big time today and you could hear his enthusiasm and enjoyment on the radio on the slow-down lap. It was great to hear.”

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