Ricciardo braced for Verstappen friction

Ricciardo braced for Verstappen friction

The friendship between Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen would be put to the test if the Red Bull duo were battling for F1 supremacy.

Daniel Ricciardo acknowledges friction with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen could be inevitable if the pair were challenge for the Formula One world title, describing it as "part of the game".

Mercedes' prolonged period of dominance in F1 continued in 2016, leaving the chasing pack struggling to keep up, as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton once again battled for supremacy.

Red Bull were the best of the rest, but the gulf to Mercedes was such that Ricciardo and exciting newcomer Verstappen were able to race in harmony.

But amiable Australian Ricciardo is savvy enough to realise the positive working relationship is sure to be tested if Red Bull can challenge for glory.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ricciardo said: "I can't be naive and think we are still going to love each other no matter what, even if we are banging wheel to wheel every race. 

"We are competitors. If there is tension or friction as the season goes on that's part of the game."

Red Bull have history when it comes to warring drivers, with Sebastian Vettel often at odds with Mark Webber during their time racing together between 2010 and 2013.

The prospect of a rivalry between the current line-up is one that would be sure to make motorsport enthusiasts purr given the fearless approach to racing held by Ricciardo and Verstappen.

And the older man recognises the importance of staying one step ahead of Verstappen.

"If Lewis [Hamilton] beats me in a Mercedes, I can tell the world he beat me because his car is better," he added.

"But if Max beats me every race I am going to run out of excuses, so certainly your team-mate is the number one person you want to beat.

"If I am putting myself out there and taking some of these risks, then I want to do it properly. If I am going to race I will put everything on the line."

Share this article


Latest stories


Valencia sign defender Murillo from Inter


Rhinos hold off Saints in South Stand farewell, Warriors batter Devils


Burton Albion 2 Birmingham City 1: Sordell and Dyer spark second-half comeback

Klitschko's retirement a 'massive' disappointment for Joshua


Bayern Munich 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1: Debutants Sule and Tolisso net in rain-lashed Bundesliga opener


Metz 0 Monaco 1: Falcao's late winner seals record-breaking victory


Nadal outbattles Ramos Vinolas to set up Kyrgios quarter-final


Is Sanchez another Sissoko? Tottenham record signings haven't always fared well


Barcelona to wear commemorative shirts in tribute to victims of attacks


Sanchez joins Mendy, Bonucci and Luiz on list of world's most expensive defenders


Stosur pulls out of US Open with wrist injury


Matuidi delighted to follow French legends Zidane, Platini and Deschamps to Juventus

Back to Top