Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc might be rivals on the track, but they are clearly good friends off of it. The two drivers amused themselves on a long haul flight together by embarking on a prank war they shared with their Instagram followers.
Ricciardo has been a breath of fresh air in Formula One ever since making his debut in 2011. The Australian has gained fans all over the world for his upbeat attitude in the paddock and in interviews where he can often go off track in endearing fashion. A prime example of this was when he hilariously asked Lando Norris quietly whether he had any pubes yet in a press conference, causing the McLaren driver to burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
And Ricciardo can now add Charles Leclerc to his list of people pranked, although it was the Ferrari driver who got in there first. The two were on a plane together, supposedly leaving Suzuka following the Japanese Grand Prix. And Charles caught Ricciardo napping – literally – with his prank post.
Ricciardo took the opportunity to catch some shut eye, not knowing Leclerc was documenting his sleep on Instagram to his 2.4million followers. But the Renault driver soon took his revenge on Leclerc when he woke up. Spotting Charles Leclerc coming out of the toilets, Ricciardo documented it before suggesting he was up to something.
“30 minutes man, what were you doing in there?” Ricciardo said before bursting into laughter.
Leclerc had an eventful Japanese Grand Prix at the weekend which started with him crashing into Max Verstappen on the first corner, damaging his front wing in the process. Charles eventually crossed the line in sixth but was dropped down to seventh after being handed two penalties adding up to 15 seconds, pushing him behind Ricciardo.