Sergio Perez reminded Daniel Ricciardo that he “doesn’t have that Red Bull anymore” after a speculative late-braking overtake attempt in Mexico.
Battling over P7, Ricciardo attempted one of his trademark late-braking overtakes on Perez down the inside into Turn 1 on Lap 62.
However, the Renault driver carried far too much speed into the corner and went for a trip across the grass, despite running the faster medium tyres, compared to Perez who was on the hards.
Perez was keen to remind Ricciardo that such a move may have worked during his Red Bull days, but not anymore.
“I knew he was very strong on the [medium] so he came very close with a big tyre delta,” said Perez after the race.
“I told him after the race that he doesn’t have that Red Bull anymore to do that kind of manoeuvre.
“He was quite on the limit, but I braked quite late. It was good that I gave him some room so we avoided contact.”
Ricciardo admitted that it was an “optimistic” effort, but he’s still “frustrated” that he didn’t get the job done at Perez’s home race.
“I tried one lap, obviously I locked up and missed the opportunity,” he said.
“In the end, when I think about it anyway, I came from quite far back and he was already pretty good on the braking. So it was optimistic but I’m a bit frustrated not to get him.”