Feb 5, 4 months ago

Ricciardo : No mistakes with “Best Teammate” Verstappen

Ricciardo : No mistakes with “Best Teammate” Verstappen



Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has stated that Max Verstappen is the best teammate he’s ever had. In other word, he rates the Dutchman higher than four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The German raced alongside the Australian in 2014. Ricciardo said, “I’m not saying I’ve had it easy in the past. But I think he’s the first driver who can challenge me.”

Daniel Ricciardo says that his current Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen is the best he’s ever had.

That puts the Dutch driver ahead of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who raced alongside him in 2014.

“I’m not saying I’ve had it easy in the past,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com “But I think he’s the first driver who can challenge me.”

Christian Horner Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo has partnered many drivers, ranging from Narain Karthikeyan to Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne. Comparing his and Verstappen’s driving styles, he said “In the past, if I’ve done a high-speed corner and I’ve taken it flat-out for example, I’ve never had someone who can get there the same way. Max would at least go out there and try it. He’s been able to match stuff easier than some other guys have.”



In the past, if I’ve done a high-speed corner and I’ve taken it flat-out for example, I’ve never had someone who can get there the same way.

“Max would at least go out there and try it,” he explained. “He’s been able to match stuff easier than some other guys have.”

In 2017, Ricciardo finished ahead of Verstappen by 32 points, but Verstappen leads the race-win tally. Ricciardo also said that Max’s “qualifying improved” in 2017 as the 20-year old beat him 13 times out of 20 qualifying sessions. The 28-year old said, “I know if I made a little mistake in the past, maybe I could end up ahead still in qualifying. Now, if I make a mistake, he’s in front. It’s the same if he doesn’t quite put a perfect lap together – I’m in front. This is why I would say he’s the better teammate. We’ve both raised our game. We can’t afford to put a wheel wrong.”

Assuming that Red Bull and engine providers Renault give them a strong package in 2018, Ricciardo says they will be “relatively” evenly matched.He predicted a close fight for team honours this season – and hopefully also for the world championship.”I believe this year we will close the gap,” he predicted. “Is it enough to fight for a title? I think we can certainly get close.”



Ricciardo is confident that the two will be evenly matched, if Red Bull and Renault give them a strong package in 2018. He even predicts a close fight for top dog honours this season – and hopefully also for the world championship.



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