After leading for much of the season, Sebastian Vettel's hopes of F1 glory this year may be about to be ended once and for all at Mexico City today, with championship race leader Lewis Hamilton needing just a fifth-place finish to equal the German’s four driver’s titles.
But the Ferrari driver is not about to go down without a fight and it was with a mixture of delight and relief that he greeted his pole position in qualifying following a series of disastrous drives.
“Yes, it’s pole position” he shrieked with joy before following it up with his very own language to celebrate.
With two races still to go, a fourth world title appears to be no more than a formality for Hamilton. But whatever the outcome of today’s race, Vettel won’t be left without a smile on his face for long.
Not if Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has anything to do with it.
The Australian was expected to drop from seventh to an expected 16th or 17th on the grid after Red Bull decided to change his Renault engine. But despite his own engine woes, the effervescent 28-year-old still provided the perfect pre-race boost to his fellow competitor.
Answering a request to identify the language for Vettel’s outburst on the F1 Twitter feed, Ricciardo responded brilliantly.
“I believe that is south Alaskan marsupial morse code. Very common in the 1800's.”
It is not known, however, what language Ricciardo had adopted when he greeted a fast lap of his own with the equally unintelligible reaction.
Before long, Vettel and Ricciardo could be sharing their very own language.