Daniel Ricciardo is a better driver than his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, claim Jacques Villeneuve, the always outspoken 1997 world champion.
The 1997 world champion knows a thing or two on how to be a successful F1 driver and it might be news Ricciardo would like to hear.
Currently, Daniel Ricciardo is in third place in the driver’s standings behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. All three men have won two of the six races so far in 2018. However, Ricciardo lags behind the others in the points because of poor reliability in some of the early races.
Verstappen, 20, is having an error-strewn 2018 season, but while boss Christian Horner says he needs to “reset”, he backed the young Dutchman to eventually bounce back.
It has been mixed consistencies from the two Red Bull drivers since they partnered up in 2016.
Verstappen’s first race for Red Bull saw him win the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona which made him the youngest race winner at 18 years and 228 days, replacing Sebastian Vettel after the German won his first race for Toro Rosso in Italy in 2008.
But then the 20-year-old had to wait nearly a year and a half to pick up his second ever win by crossing the finish line in first at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.
“Verstappen makes mistakes in every race. It happens all the time,” the Canadian told Sky Italia.
“It’s a bad sign. For example, Daniel Ricciardo was not at all to blame for their crash in Baku. He did nothing wrong.
“If a driver is constantly making mistakes, he must calm down and slow down. But to beat Ricciardo’s level, he has to take more risks. It can only mean one thing: Max is not as good as Daniel. Full stop,” Villeneuve said.
The consistencies have not been strong with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo which can leave some finding it difficult to pick which driver is better.