"These guys were just too quick", Hamilton said after the session finished. "Considering how bad yesterday was for us, and so I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who's back at the factory who've been working hard overnight and also the guys here, to rectify the issues we've had and get the auto back into a sweeter spot". I had some snaps here and there, but it just didn't come together so I'm quite happy though.
In recent weeks, Ricciardo has been beset with a raft of vehicle issues, with his early retirement from last weekend's U.S. Grand Prix leading Horner to question why Renault was continuing to allow his run of reliability issues given his imminent move from Red Bull in 2019. "It's not about one particular area - there are lots of different things that we can improve".
"We had the same problems from practice yesterday". FP1 was OK but then once we got to FP2 it was not fun to drive, that's for sure, and there were several different problems on the whole auto, mechanical side, aero side, mostly mechanical side and a little bit aero and a little bit on the engine side of things.
The Brit only needs to finish seventh at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to retain the title and will be hoping to secure pole position in qualifying to maximise his chances of achieving that in Sunday's race.
"As soon as we got into qualifying, I knew straight away the way the car's feeling, I was like, "OK we're in a much stronger position to fight for position".More news: 'He really is a liability': Tottenham fans react to Lloris red card
"I didn't feel good at all".
"You could hear how happy he was on the slow-down lap, so really pleased for him", Horner said.
"We tried to make the best of it and I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it's still good to be second". "Obviously previous year we didn't have a great race, and I'm hoping for a better race tomorrow". The Red Bulls are very fast and hard to beat but maybe they will beat themselves.
The Australian has suffered seven retirements in 18 races this year and his long and triumphant whoop over the team radio, and some typically colourful language afterwards, said it all. I knew there was a bit more in it and we squeezed it out at the end.