He has managed to outscore all three of those drivers put together, and his late-season form has helped buoy AlphaTauri up into eighth in the constructors' championship.
Now, the Japanese driver has revealed why he thinks his team-mate is ahead of him in the Red Bull pecking order.
“Daniel has experience, more fans, he’s more trusted and more valued so it makes sense," he told Autosport.
"I just have to show my performance consistently to kind of show them [and] everyone that I can be that contender.
“Anyway, Checo [Perez] has next year’s contract and nothing we can do to change anything. I just need to keep showing my results now.
“He’s [Ricciardo] doing a good job, especially after coming back from McLaren and he seems really comfortable in the car especially compared to at previous teams. I think he’s got Red Bull energy, the Red Bull style.”
Ricciardo, who specifically requested the Las Vegas Grand Prix to make a return, will be looking to make the most of his time in Sin City as F1 heads to the Nevada desert.
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