Daniel Ricciardo was in a jovial mood soon after his spectacular Mexico Grand Prix drive, despite the fact that Lando Norris was not very on the exact same amount as his outdated teammate all through an awkward interview.
Ricciardo finished next in the Driver of the Day poll soon after he set in an outstanding overall performance to set his AlphaTauri seventh on Sunday afternoon, with Norris getting major location following surging from 17th to fifth in 1 of his finest ever drives.
Norris passed Ricciardo on his way to P5 in a extraordinary shift whereby the pair went wheel-to-wheel, in advance of the Briton arrived out on top rated.
The McLaren star was ecstatic to get just one above his aged teammate and took a cheeky swipe at Ricciardo during his submit-race interview.
‘The one on Daniel,’ he stated when asked which of his numerous overtakes was most fulfilling. ‘Yeah I signify he’s the ‘king of late braking’, right?
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris were being associated in an uncomfortable trade in Mexico
Ricciardo place in a spectacular generate to end seventh at the Mexico Grand Prix
‘I would have desired to hit him if I could. It would have been even far more enjoyable,’ he explained with a chortle.
Ricciardo then sidled up to Norris to answer a few thoughts. The job interview started off with a fart joke and went downhill from there.
‘I in fact want to talk to him [Lando] a few issues. I feel like likely just before the pink we had been seeking even much better. Did you have definitely great speed before the red?’
Norris reported indeed, with Ricciardo then asking: ‘Do you feel you would have caught me?’
Norris replied ‘Ummm …’ prior to Ricciardo interjected: ‘No! Alright, so I could have received fifth! There you go. What a bummer.’
The Briton bristled at that remark, and replied: ‘If I certified very well yesterday I would have been on the podium.’
Ricciardo hit again with a sly dig at Norris’s qualifying work: ‘Yeah what took place yesterday? No – we’ll converse about that later on.’
‘No I am delighted, I’m delighted,’ Ricciardo explained, in advance of going to squeeze his ex-teammate’s shoulder. ‘It’s been a although.’
The pair both of those smiled but the strained character of the dialogue could have hinted at attainable stress among the motorists soon after their two-12 months stint with each other with the staff.
Ricciardo teased Lando Norris soon after the race but he bristled at his remarks
Christian Horner was effusive in his praise of Ricciardo subsequent his fantastic travel, with rumours of a straight swap concerning the Australian and Sergio Perez mounting.
Horner explained: ‘It was good to see Daniel carry out so well and it endorses our determination to bring him back again [at AlphaTauri].
‘I thought he was fantastic this weekend, preventing a Mercedes in an AlphaTauri, and, if it weren’t for the pink flag, he would have concluded additional up.
‘It was a exceptional effectiveness from him. He is back to his old self. He is relaxed and assured.’