"I knew it was there somewhere," said Ricciardo. "We hadn't had the cleanest run through practice but I knew the pace was in the car. Max showed that through the weekend. So it was just a matter of putting together a clean lap."
Lewis Hamilton, who can claim a fifth driver’s world championship with at least a seventh place finish, will begin the race in third place on the grid.
Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton’s nearest challenger for the 2018 crown, will be fourth.