The Dutchman looked on course to become F1's youngest pole sitter after the first runs in Q3 setting another new track record that put him almost 0.2s off the rest of the field, but out of nowhere, Ricciardo found 0.3s on his final run to claim a third career pole position.
Shocker: Seeing both Haas cars knocked out of Q1 was a surprise given the strong pace shown by Sauber - who also run Ferrari engines. "We hadn't had the cleanest run through practice and I just knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always", said Ricciardo, who whooped in delight as he realised what he had done. It is the first time Ricciardo out-qualified Verstappen on a penalty-free weekend for Red Bull since his last pole position, at May's Monaco Grand Prix, which he won.
Speaking about his approach to the start of the Grand Prix with the long 900 meter run down to turn one, Hamilton admitted that he has one eye on the championship rather than the Grand Prix saying, "We saw what happened past year with the red vehicle behind, so I don't know".
"Congratulations to Daniel. These guys were just too quick".
"I am really happy with it", he said. They were in a league of their own in general up until qualifying and even in qualifying.
India's Kohli becomes fastest to complete 10000 ODI runs
Apart from Kohli, Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni have scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs. Kohli remained till the end to ensure India post a challenging total of 321 for 6.
World championship leader Hamilton, seeking to clinch his fifth drivers' title, was third for Mercedes ahead of his only rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, with Valtteri Bottas fifth in the second Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen sixth. "After his bad luck, I'm so happy for him". "Obviously past year we didn't have a great race, and I'm hoping for a better race tomorrow".
Force India's Q2 gamble: Esteban Ocon's radio message at the end of Q2 confirmed Force India's preference not to qualify inside the top ten: "Good job - that's what we targeted, right?"
Hamilton said his Mercedes felt like a completely different vehicle than it had done 24 hours previously.
"The Red Bulls, they are very fast, they will be hard to beat - maybe they'll beat themselves", joked Vettel. "It's a long race, I think it will be decided over strategy and tyres". "It's not about one particular area - there are lots of different things that we can improve".