Max Verstappen admits he was right on the edge in Mexico after missing out on pole position, ready to blow his stack out at anyone who would have crossed his path at that moment.
Red Bull enjoyed a mixed Friday at Interlagos, Max Verstappen narrowly coming out on top in Free Practice 1, while in the FP2 qualifying simulations, Daniel Ricciardo was the team's highest runner in fourth, behind the two Mercedes and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel - although fifth-placed Verstappen was compromised by an oil leak that kept him constrained in the garage for half the session, before encountering traffic on his supersoft-shod fast laps when he finally made it out on track.
"It's a bit of a shame that we missed a little bit of running initially and then everything is a little bit rushed", Verstappen said.
"I don't think it was really directed at me". In the long runs, I was quite happy. We have some things to improve but I am quite confident that we can improve them anyway, so we will see. It's definitely looking more positive than a year ago.
"The car's working well, so that's really important. I was super happy because it has been a tough year", Ricciardo told ESPN, referencing his reliability issues that have hampered him during the 2018 season. We are closer than expected, but I don't think it's going to be enough to secure a front row.
Max had spoken to the media shortly after failing to put his RB14 on pole position, and told of his frustration of missing out on pole despite him being comfortable all weekend on the timesheets.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo will have a five-place grid penalty imposed for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix after his Red Bull team replaced the turbocharger on his car's power unit.
"I got a phone call last week notifying me of what happened when we broke down in Mexico", Ricciardo said.
"But they shot foam up the exhaust and as it solidifies in the turbo, it's terminated it". I'd kind of got over it that week and then I got that call and I was like, 'Oh well, it is what it is.' We just wanted to get down there early in case anyone else had a penalty. It sounds really simple and silly, but bad luck really is the best term I can use.
'I tried to calm him down a bit, he was particularly angry because the auto was out of order. This morning we weren't that bad but for sure we wanted to be quicker. I think we made a good step forward from the morning with the setup. As soon as we have a bit of a good pace in the race, maybe we can do a different strategy or whatever and we will see. That opens up options for me.