Why do the bookmakers still rate Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo? In Australia, the young Dutchman demonstrated perfectly how not to drive a Grand Prix in order to win the 2018 Championship and yet some bookies odds for Verstappen are as low as 7/1, well ahead of Ricciardo.
Bookies rate Hamilton as favourite, then Vettel, Verstappen, Bottas and finally Ricciardo to become Formula 1 Champion 2018. Yet if you ask many in the F1 Paddock, most would suggest that the Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo is a more consistent points scorer and actually underestimated by many fans and book-makers alike.
Yes it could be that many think Red Bull are more likely to favour Max over Daniel, Vertstappen having recently signed a lengthy contract extension with Red Bull, whereas Ricciardo is keeping his options open with a possible move to either Mercedes or Ferrari.
“I want to do the right thing with my next Formula 1 contract, so I will not let myself be pushed.” says Ricciardo
Red Bull favourism gives better odds for Verstappen?
If true, such Red Bull favouritism could give Verstappen a slight advantage over Ricciardo. But of course, this is mere speculation but certainly could account for the better odds for Verstappen.
However, in this writers humble opinion, young Max Verstappen got off very lightly indeed after the race in Australia. An overly desperate attempt to make a pass on the Haas of Magnussen, the Dutchman destroyed his tyres along with damaging the floor of the car. The resultant damage caused a spin, burnt his tyres then couldn’t get past Alonso. For anyone else, the press would have a field day but for our young Max, the excuses were plenty and forgiving.
In retrospect, Ricciardo was given a rather harsh 3 place penalty at the start, but drove smoothly through from 8th to finish ahead of Verstappen just off the podium. Lets not forget who destroyed a 4 time Champion in his first year with Red Bull in 2014?
For all of Verstappens speed and panache, where’s his consistency? The vital ingredient for winning a Drivers Championship.
“I really believe that I can become world champion. Although I do not particularly like the word expectation, I can not put it another way – I expect myself to become a champion. If I know what I am capable of, if I look at what knowledge I have acquired over the past few years, then I can achieve that goal. But in this sport you also need the right tool. I hope I’ll get that in 2018.” says Ricciardo during a Sky Sports interview.
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