Red Bull have been the only team that have tried to match their rivals Mercedes and Ferrari this season, and despite falling short on most occasions, they still managed to secure the top spot in three races.
Daniel Ricciardo in Baku, while Max Verstappen finished first in Malaysia and Mexico.
Coming into the final two race weekends this term, Red Bull are guaranteed to end in third place in the Constructors’ Championship, whereas both their drivers are among the top six in the Drivers’ points standings.
The iconic circuit, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will stage the penultimate race of the calendar year, with every team aiming to end on a high.
However, Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo was the highlight of the day after the practice sessions as he delivered a hilarious interview during the aftermath of the second practice session in Brazil.
He was the fifth fastest in the opening session and bettered the timing to be third quickest in the second – while Lewis Hamilton topped both the timesheets.
Following are excerpts of the interview conducted by a Sky Sports reporter, who was also reduced to laughter at the end of the interaction.
Reporter: We were speaking to Christian [Horner] after the first practice session and he was saying you were down on full power this morning just trying to bed it in?
Daniel Ricciardo: Yep, just bed it in, yep. So we bought some new mattresses and the first night of sleep you need to get a few people on the bed to figure it out so ... pillow fights and all.
Reporter: OK, absolute nonsense. But yeah, this afternoon, any better?
Ricciardo: We had a slumber party and it was pretty good. It got wild.
Reporter: OK great stuff, and on the track how would you say things are going?
Ricciardo: You lost me. Yeah it was a pretty good day, we did alright. This morning we didn’t run full beans the whole way, we’ve got to get this engine through to the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi so we were just trying to be smart with our usage. This afternoon, obviously on the supersofts, we were able to run a normal setting and it looked really good ... relative to Ferrari I think we had a pretty good day.
Reporter: Good work, sleep well.
Ricciardo: Thank you, I will. Well it’s bedded in now so I’ll sleep great.
The Aussie ace believes his Mexican GP fate will continue this weekend as well, as he expects a 10-place grid penalty on Sunday due to power unit changes.
After two retirements in the last two races, the 28-year-old is adamant to conclude the season on a positive note. The outings in Brazil and Abu Dhabi are the perfect platforms for him to answer his critics.
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