Red Bull stars Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen lark about in Mexico by beating up pinatas, wearing sombreros and playing the guitar in a mariachi band ahead of Grand Prix
- Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen embraced Mexican culture on Thursday
- The Red Bull duo took part in some cultural events before this weekend’s race
- Both drivers were pictured smashing pinatas to pieces in front of supporters
- Ricciardo then picked up a guitar and played with a group of Mexican mariachis
- Verstappen was filmed working out in the boxing ring ahead of the racing action
With the Formula One title race seemingly over and the constructors’ championship going the same way, Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen cut relaxed figures ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix.
The duo were seen fully embracing the Mexican culture as they took part in a host of fun activities at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon.
Both drivers were pictured hitting pinatas that had been especially designed to look like themselves in full Red Bull kit as hundreds of fans watched on in delight.
Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo (R) and Max Verstappen took part in some Mexican activities
Ricciardo launched himself into the activity and threw an elbow into the face of his pinata
The Australian did not hold back as he jumped in the air before landing a devastating blow
Ricciardo threw himself into the action and was snapped launching into the papier-mache container with a flying elbow as he tried to break it to pieces.
The Australian was delighted when he managed to inflict enough damage to break it and posed with his arms raised aloft by a judge afterwards.
Verstappen also managed to smash his pinata to pieces and they posed with various parts of their bodies afterwards in celebration.
They then moved inside for a press conference and after the questioning had been complete, Ricciardo picked up a guitar and began to play some songs with a group of Mexican mariachis.
The 29-year-old seemed to be having the time of his life as he wore a sombrero and beamed with delight while the group sang a number of Mexican hits.
Ricciardo was declared the winner and looked ecstatic as his hand was raised by a judge
Verstappen and his team-mate posed with various parts of the pinata’s body in celebration
Ricciardo picked up a guitar and began to play some songs with a group of Mexican mariachis
He didn’t look overly impressed with the headgear at first but grew into his role in the band
It has been a frustrating season for both Red Bull drivers and they find themselves in fifth and sixth place in the drivers’ standings with just three races to go.
Verstappen occupies fifth place with one win from 18 races this campaign, his sole victory coming in Austria back in July. Ricciardo sits one place behind him, despite notching two first places this season.
The Australian passed the chequered flag first at both the Chinese Grand Prix in April and the historic race in Monaco in May.
On Friday morning Red Bull posted a video of Verstappen on Instagram of him working out on the boxing pads ahead of the weekend.
He unleashed a few jabs in the middle of a ring and looked pumped up before race day. The video was accompanied by the caption: ‘Don’t mess with the champ. Ready to battle at the #MexicoGP’.
On Friday morning Red Bull posted a video of Verstappen working out on the boxing pads
He unleashed a few jabs in the middle of a ring and looked pumped up before race day
The video had the caption: ‘Don’t mess with the champ. Ready to battle at the #MexicoGP’
Don’t mess with the champ @maxverstappen1 ?? Ready to battle at the #MexicoGP ??? #?: @redbullmexico #RedBullRacing #F1ESTA #F1 #MaxVerstappen #JorgeArce #Boxing #Mexico #RedBull #givesyouwings #?
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Ricciardo is closing in on his final few races with Red Bull after he agreed to leave them and join French team Renault on a two-year deal starting next season.
Despite his exit, Verstappen recently admitted Red Bull are ‘very excited’ about the engine improvements made by new supplier Honda for the 2019 campaign.
When asked about the new deal, Verstappen recently said: ‘Very excited. They seemed really quick.
‘Now we try to finish off the season in the best way possible and then the whole team is very motivated to start working on next year.
‘The whole team is very upbeat, excited and motivated.’
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