With only two races remaining of the 2017 Formula One season, it is time for teams and drivers to reflect on their performance in an exciting campaign that has witnessed several ups and downs.
Mercedes have once again reigned supreme, winning both the drivers’ as well as constructors’ championships, for the fourth successive time - while Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel remained the sole challenger to Lewis Hamilton for the highest honour.
Meanwhile, Red Bull have also been in the mix, with both their drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen coming up with impressive displays time and again.
"The last four races we have had the quickest car on a Sunday," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. "Hopefully Brazil can be a good track for us and why not Abu Dhabi?
"It would be great to finish the season with at least one more victory."
With the recent victory in Mexico, Verstappen has now garnered more wins than his teammate Ricciardo in 2017, whose only win for the season came at the inaugural event in Baku.
However, the Australian ace has managed to comfortably amass more points, and is currently 44 points ahead of the 20-year-old Dutchman in the drivers' standings.
Verstappen has finished on the podium in three of the last four races and his more experienced teammate admitted that he has no excuses for being out-shined.
Speaking ahead of the penultimate race in Brazil, the 28-year-old said: “I do not give any excuses.
“Max [Verstappen] is just driving brilliantly this year and knows how to get the most out of the car in every race.”
Asked to explain his large lead over his young teammate, Ricciardo put it down to lady luck.
"That's incredible," Ricciardo said, referring to his lead over Verstappen.
“Max has had a lot of bad luck and I have no explanation for why.
“I have asked the engineers if it could be because of him, but Max is not too rough with the equipment. It's just pure bad luck.”
Plagued by inconsistency of the Renault-powered engine, Ricciardo has retired five times this term, whereas Verstappen has had to withdraw from seven races.
Ricciardo, who is on the market for 2019, will surely be aiming for the top spots on a regular basis next season.
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