- Daniel Ricciardo shared an awkward interview with Lando Norris
- The pair were interviewed after the Mexican Grand Prix
- Norris was annoyed by a cheeky remark from Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo was in a happy mood after his stunning drive at the Mexican Grand Prix, despite Lando Norris not being quite on the same level as his old teammate in an awkward interview.
Ricciardo finished second in the Driver of the Day voting after putting in an incredible performance on Sunday afternoon, taking his AlphaTauri to seventh place. Norris took the top spot after improving from 17th to fifth in one of his best rides ever.
Norris overtook Ricciardo on his way to P5 in a dramatic maneuver that saw the pair go wheel-to-wheel before the Brit took the lead.
The McLaren star was ecstatic to beat his old team-mate and took a cheeky jab at Ricciardo in the process his interview after the race.
“The one on Daniel,” he said when asked which of his many overtaking maneuvers was the most fun. “Yeah, I mean, he’s the ‘King of Late Braking,’ right?
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris were involved in an unpleasant exchange in Mexico
Ricciardo put in an impressive performance at the Mexican Grand Prix, finishing seventh
“If I could, I would have loved to hit him. “It would have been more fun,” he said, laughing.
Then Ricciardo snuck up on Norris to answer a few questions. The interview started with a fart joke and went downhill from there.
“Actually, I want to ask him.” [Lando] a few questions. I feel like we probably looked even better before we got into the red. “Did you really have a good pace before the red numbers?”
Norris said yes, to which Ricciardo asked: “Do you think you caught me?”
Norris replied “Um…” before Ricciardo interjected: “No!” Okay, so I could have finished fifth! Let’s go. What a pity.’
The Briton was annoyed by this remark and replied: “If I had qualified well yesterday, I would have been on the podium.”
Ricciardo countered with a clever dig at Norris’ qualifying performance: “Yeah, what happened yesterday?” No – we’ll talk about that later.”
“No, I’m happy, I’m happy,” Ricciardo said before squeezing his ex-teammate’s shoulder. ‘It’s been a while.’
The pair were both smiling, but the tense nature of the conversation perhaps hinted at possible tensions between the drivers after their two-year association with the team.
Ricciardo teased Lando Norris after the race, but he was annoyed by his comments
Christian Horner heaped praise on Ricciardo after his fantastic performance and rumors of a direct swap between the Australian and Sergio Perez grew.
Horner said: “It was great to see Daniel play so well and it reinforces our decision to bring him back.” [at AlphaTauri].
“I thought he was outstanding this weekend battling a Mercedes in an AlphaTauri and if it hadn’t been for the red flag he would have finished further up front.”
“It was a remarkable achievement from him.” He is back to his old self. “He is relaxed and confident.”