Ricciardo says Renault unlikely in Aust GP

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2019

Red Bull signed a deal to use the Japanese manufacturer's power units for the 2019 and 2020 Formula One seasons after sister team Toro Rosso switched to Honda previous year. A lot of drivers go around with a big glum face. Ricciardo may never win another grand prix as a result, but he could also establish himself as the focal point of a frontrunning works team.

But Webber believes Ricciardo will need something else if he is to be successful in 2019 - plenty of luck.

Ricciardo has finished fourth twice in Melbourne but said it was realistic to consider a win unlikely, with Mercedes and Ferrari the favourites.

"It's going to be a long campaign to get them competitive but he'll lift that team, there's no doubt about it". 'He is 29 years old and, if you like, might have felt the emphasis, the backing, has all gone to the younger guy in Max Verstappen - and he is not having it.

"I still think we are about two tenths per lap behind Ferrari, and just ahead of Mercedes", he added.

"In those conditions (in Melbourne), Max and Lewis Hamilton are the best in the world".

Webber's praise for Verstappen would no doubt irk Ricciardo. Max Verstappen is now the team's senior driving following Daniel Ricciardo's move to Renault. Max has won grands prix but is yet to compete for a championship.

The F1 season begins this weekend in Ricciardo's home country of Australia, and the star will be hoping to put in a good performance.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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