Verstappen says Ricciardo will miss Red Bull

Saturday, 29 december 2018, 05:40 , by Matthew Scott

Max Verstappen believes Daniel Ricciardo will ultimately rue leaving Red Bull more than the team will count the cost of losing the Australian to Renault. Ricciardo has departed Red Bull after 10 years under the team's tutelage, and has admitted that his move to Renault could drop him down the grid in the short-term.

Although Red Bull have made confident noises about a switch to Honda power units keeping them in title contention next year, Renault have put more understated predictions out publicly, regularly speaking about winning races in 2020 before trying for the title the following year.

That made Ricciardo's decision all the more surprising, as he had stated at the start of 2018 that his intention in the final year of his Red Bull deal was to emerge in the strongest car possible for the following season.

Having seemingly gone against that, Verstappen suggested that Ricciardo could live to regret is decision when asked if he would miss working with the Australian as his teammate.

"I will not miss it personally," Verstappen told AD. 

"It was fun and pleasant to have him as a teammate. It is not often that you have such a good relationship with someone. Maybe it will never happen again, indeed. 

"But miss him…? I think that Daniel is going to miss what he had here."

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Comments (7)

  • Steven Miller
    Red Bull is clearly going to be shaped around Max in the years to come - not because of "bias" or "conspiracy" but because he is the sport's future. So a move was inevitable really, but for all the posturing about Mercedes and Ferrari tripping over themselves to sign Ricciardo, the hype train hit the reality buffers and now he's left hoping that Renault get the regs right in 2021.
  • Chris Diaz
    It’s better to be seen in F1 as a number 1 driver being held back by an inferior car than to ever be seen as a clear number 2 in better equipment. For that and that alone, I think Ric made the right decision for himself. No matter what happens on track, Max has been tapped as the future of Red Bull.
  • Phillip Van Rensburg
    This idiot must get himself a caravan and crystal ball seeing he is the business of predicting the future... what a knob
  • Joe Kilburg
    Hamilton is still a moron for going to Mercedes too right???
  • Adrian Pink
    No.... I don't think he has....
  • Steven Wakely
    Red bull will miss dan

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