Verstappen strong words for Ricciardo

Verstappen: “Ricciardo should never have left Red Bull”. Four years after leaving Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo is returning to the constructors’ champions for the 2023 Formula One season. Top dog Max Verstappen is already looking forward to meeting his old, new teammate, who will serve as a test and reserve driver, and possible 2nd race seat competitor in the future.

According to the two-time world champion, it was not entirely understood why Ricciardo had stepped aside from the Austro-British team after the 2018 season anyway.

“It’s also about feeling comfortable somewhere. After a certain point, that was no longer the case. […] Instead of leaving, he could have talked to the team about it. But things happened as they happened,” said this past season’s dominant star about his perennial team-mate.



Between 2016 and 2018, Verstappen and Ricciardo had spent almost three seasons as teammates at Red Bull. It is true that the two racers had one or two skirmishes on the tracks. Basically, however, the two got along well as regular drivers.

Between 2019 and 2022, the Australian raced for Renault and McLaren for two seasons each. However, the desired success failed to materialise at either of these teams, and Ricciardo was no longer able to build on his quite presentable successes in the Red Bull.


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He took seven of his eight Formula 1 Grand Prix victories with the Red Bulls and finished third in the drivers’ championship in 2014 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Verstappen described the fact that the Honey Badger will no longer be a regular driver in the pinnacle of motorsport next year for the first time since 2011 as “a loss for the sport”.



The 33-year-old’s performances at McLaren had recently slumped significantly, which is why the long-established British team had decided against a further collaboration with Ricciardo.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about performance. Daniel has certainly delivered that in the past. But in Formula One you are only as good as your last race,” Verstappen said of Ricciardo’s 2022 woeful year, which saw him finish only twelfth in the drivers’ standings, beaten by McLaren team-mate Lando Norris by an overwhelming margin of 37 points to 122.

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One response to “Verstappen strong words for Ricciardo

  1. So if Mad Max finally gives Sergio Perez the flick in F1 2023 season, where does that leave Daniel Riccardo? .Mad Max’s whipping boy and sycophant support driver?

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