Daniel Ricciardo's awful, no good, very bad season continues

2:19                                            Red Bull's Max Verstappen suffered a complete power shut-down in Practice Two for the Mexican GP after setting the

Hamilton leads title rival Vettel by 70 points, and will be crowned 2018 world champion in Mexico unless the Ferrari driver wins and he finishes lower than seventh.

"I'm delighted the Team secured victory today, but it's bittersweet to have lost Daniel when we looked set for a 1-2", Horned posted on Instagram.

Hamilton's positive experience at the Mexican Grand Prix mirrored a year ago, when he also won the title at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez at Vettel's expense.

"Naturally I'm going to keep racing, I love doing what I do and the fans really help".

A television camera operator wearing a Mexican wrestler's mask works during the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

"I haven't had a clean race or weekend in so long", he continued.

Despite an early mistake which meant he dropped from pole to third after the second corner, Ricciardo drove well on Sunday and was on course for a podium place behind teammate Max Verstappen, which would have given Red Bull a one-two finish.

"It's a awful moment", said Vettel, a four-time champion who has finished second two years in a row and three times in his career.

"To get a one two from a team point of view is awesome".

Q2 saw a number of different tire strategies play out, with Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari all advancing on the ultrasoft compound.

Behind the Red Bulls all eyes will be on the title contenders, with Hamilton in the stronger position after a hard few days for Mercedes.

Hamilton wrapped up the title with two races left.

"We saw what happened past year with the red auto behind, so I don't know what will happen at the start tomorrow", he added.

Ironically, as he admitted, the day of his greatest title triumph came with one of his worst races of the year as he came home fourth behind triumphant Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

Ricciardo qualified on pole for Sunday's race in Mexico, but the Aussie could only manage 61 laps before yet another reliability issue forced him to retire for the eighth time this season. "Five (championships) is something incredible".

"It was a shame to lose Daniel", said Verstappen, who had been angry on Saturday after missing out on pole. But in Mexico, that sadness was replaced by anger, as Ricciardo suffered his seventh mechanically-related DNF of the season - and admitted that he was more than ready to hand over his vehicle to Pierre Gasly for 2019... And following his fourth retirement in the last seven races, Ricciardo admitted that finding the motivation to even turn up to the remaining Grands Prix in Brazil and Abu Dhabi was a tough ask at the moment.

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