Lewis Hamilton took pole in an exciting, wet Belgian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.
The Brit beat out his title rival Sebastian Vettel who will join him on the front row, while Force India’s Esteban Ocon produced a shock and will start third with his teammate Sergio Perez on fourth.
As the cars began to prepare the first flying laps in the top 10 shoot-out, the rain poured down and caused chaos.
Hamilton came out on top by 0.726 seconds, while the Force Indias of Ocon and Perez locked out the second row after timing the conditions right – just days after the team were rescued from going out of business.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen lost out in the pits, as did Red Bull.
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He is the youngest-ever race winner in F1 but sits 13 points below Ricciardo in this year’s standings, having been hit with three retirements in the first 12 races.
Confirming Ricciardo’s exit, a Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said: “We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in the future.
“We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.”
No announcement has been made on a replacement for Ricciardo at Red Bull.
There are still nine races remaining on the 2018 F1 calendar, which is currently on its summer break.
Ricciardo’s decision to quit comes just days after hinting he was about to sign a new deal with Red Bull ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in three weeks’ time.
He told Sky Sports: “It will definitely be done by Spa. Whether it gets announced over the summer break or in Spa (I don’t know).
“It’s just a little bit of fune tuning here and there, it’s all good.
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