Daniel Ricciardo has been a colleague of Max Verstappen on the Red Bull Racing team for many years, and he knows better than anyone what it is like to work with him. Despite the occasional showdown between the two on the track, they have always maintained a good and respectful relationship with each other.
Ricardo and Verstappen always have a mutual respect
In an interview with AutoHebdo Ricardo looks back at the time Verstappen’s teammate on Red Bull. “From the first session I saw that it was working fine. He instantly set the tone, and that gave me energy as well. Then I immediately knew it was going to be fast.”Ricardo says.
Often the two were equally matched, and sometimes the confrontation was on the right track. “We didn’t give each other a meter of space. Sometimes it caused difficult situations, like Budapest in 2017 and Baku in 2018. But there was always mutual respect because we know each other that we can handle these situations.”, Continue. “We pulled all the stops, but in the end, the winner and the loser greeted each other. Of course you don’t want to be a loser, but the fight was always fair.”
Ricardo believes Verstappen still has a long career ahead of him. “He will stay in Formula 1 as long as he wants. I think he has what it takes to perform at the highest level in his 30s, a bit like Lewis Hamilton now. But Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris are also potential stars in the future, and George Russell will also be competing in the lead if he gets a powerful car.” “Ricardo says.