Red Bull Racing have been strong as of late. If you take out the power unit failures throughout the course of the second half of the season, then both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo would likely still be a player in this year’s championship. Instead, Lewis Hamilton has that secured as everyone else is playing for second from here on out. But, that doesn’t stop all the teams from trying to win out.
RBR is hoping to end the 2018 season the heels of three straight victories as Verstappen was victorious the last time out in his No. 33 Renault in Mexico. Can they keep this trend going up?
Verstappen, enters the Brazilian Grand Prix on the heels of two straight top two finishes on the season. He has three consecutive podiums and four in his last five races overall. The last time he’s even finished a race outside of the top five was in July in Hungary.
In Mexico, he and Ricciardo should have finished 1-2. Instead, a seventh engine failure cost him his first podium since his win on May 27 in Monaco. Yes, the driver who won two of the first six races hasn’t scored a podium since. That’s a span of 13 races. Ricciardo’s power unit on his No. 3 Renault has gone out in each of the last two races and four of the last seven. That’s grown on him as he was quoted a few weeks ago saying that he’s just ready to step out of his ride now.
Instead, he returns energized and refocused to end the year on a high note.
But, Brazil hasn’t been too kind on these two drivers in the past. Verstappen, has finished on the podium just once in three tries. He was fifth a year ago. Ricciardo, has never finished on the podium in the country with a best finish of sixth last year.
Since 2014, Red Bull have led a total of zero laps at Interlagos. Also, in qualifying since 2014, Red Bull has only had a car that was inside of the top three at Interlagos. Which wins out this weekend?