Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso's season - set to be his last in F1 - continued to wind down in unspectacular fashion as the two-time champion scraped into Q2 after a wobble and qualified in 12th.
After seeing his young Dutch teammate dominate every practice session, the Renault-bound Australian produced a stunning riposte as he took pole, and Red Bull swept the front row of the grid. "Considering how bad yesterday was for us, and so I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who's back at the factory who've been working hard overnight and also the guys here, to rectify the issues we've had and get the vehicle back into a sweeter spot".
"Luckily I forget quickly about the past, because we suffered too much".
After taking pole for the first time at a race other than Monaco, Ricciardo was ecstatic in the vehicle, leaving his engineers in stitches with his celebration, before making his push for quote of the season when being interviewed on the track.
"I was not expecting to be up as high as we have done", said the Briton.
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Half-centuries by Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner helped Australia put up a total of 195 runs on the board in 20 overs. He praised the number one ranked T20I side in the world while also calling Australia's batting approach cocky.
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"They are free to race, but they have to keep it clean", he said.
"But we're here to try and compete, so we will do the best we can to have a real race". "I tried very hard and I knew that I had to find at least two-tenths if I want to improve".
"It was very close. We have great straight-line speed so maybe we can do something into turn one and then go from there".
"So big changes and improvements were made overnight and to come back in today and put us in contention all of a sudden - we didn't think yesterday with that performance that we would be able to qualify on an ultra so that would have been a massive disadvantage for us tomorrow if we had to start on the hyper for example".
What the German won't want to do is repeat the start he made here previous year - see video below - when P1 on the grid became eighth by the end of Lap 1 thanks to tangles with Verstappen and Hamilton through the opening turns.