"I think we have a good vehicle and in qualifying to be half a second off pole around here, where from memory we haven't been that close in the past, is positive", Ricciardo told redbullracing.redbull.com.
"They shouldn't call us when the conditions are changing like that", Vettel told Sky F1. "I wanted them to hurry up", said Vettel.
"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".
With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points.
It's looked nip and tuck throughout the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend so far between Ferrari and Mercedes.
"It's very close between all of us at the front, but I think there's more potential in our auto, so we just need to try and squeeze it out".
On virtually the same piece of Interlagos tarmac where he passed Timo Glock to sensationally win his maiden title a decade ago, Hamilton, caught napping as he prepared for his quick lap, veered into the path of Sergey Sirotkin's Williams, which was approaching at 150mph.
Hamilton and Vettel provided the main talking points of the session, with the former fortunate to escape the immediate attention of the stewards after almost colliding with the Williams of Russian Sergey Sirotkin in the second phase.
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After winning the opening 7 games of the season, Liverpool have since won just three of their last 9. "They were phenomenal. The Reds failed to land a shot on target in their other away game in the competition this season, against Napoli.
To do it in Brazil they need to outscore Ferrari by 20 points. Max Verstappen out-qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.002s, although the latter faces a five-place grid penalty for the new turbocharger Red Bull fitted to his vehicle on Friday.
"I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families".
Ericsson has been dropped by Sauber for next season and is to race in Indycars in the USA, although he will remain the team's reserve driver.
The Monaco native had been relegated into the drop zone after the first runs in Q2, with Kevin Magnussen edging to 10th position with a lap as light rain intensified slightly.
"The races have been the same from July so there are no surprises", said Alonso.
His team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was slowest. Ferrari are very quick this weekend, but we did a lot of work to make sure we are ready.
Reflecting on Q3, Vettel said: "In the end I had a tiny lock up in Turn 8, I had a good start in the second attempt in Q3 but then it was a little bit too much so lost some time and didn't improve".
Because he turned the engine off, Vettel did not actually break the wording of the sporting regulations surrounding the weighbridge and, therefore, did not receive a sporting penalty.