Formula 1 | Vettel defends Ricciardo: McLaren F1 ‘failed to extract potential’

Vettel defends Ricciardo: McLaren F1 (...)

Daniel Ricciardo’s reputation in the paddock skyrocketed in 2014, when the Australian outscored four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

But Daniel Ricciardo’s rating then melted away at McLaren, when Lando Norris dominated him for two seasons. Leading McLaren to part with it for next year.

When his former teammate Sebastian Vettel heard the news, what was his reaction?

The off-season “was a little turbulent” begins by pointing out Sebastian Vettel ironically.

“Maybe I have too much empathy for a Formula 1 driver, but I was very saddened to hear what will happen to Daniel. »

“I think it’s a very, very difficult situation to live with. »

“He remains one of the best drivers. I raced against him, I had the pleasure of racing against him, I had the less pleasant side of being beaten by him years ago, and I still think he has a lot, a lot to to offer. »

If the Ricciardo-McLaren association failed, isn’t it more the fault of the latter? Vettel wonders.

« I don’t know the details, but I guess McLaren failed to extract the potential they have. It’s sad to see he’s been put in a difficult position, but I wish him the best. »

“I’m sure that in the end he will show and shine all his talent and qualities. »

Max Verstappen also sympathizes

Another former teammate of Daniel Ricciardo reacted to the news: Max Verstappen.

The world champion offers an explanation to shed light on Ricciardo’s sporting failure in Woking.

“Sometimes a car can’t suit your driving style. »

“It is then very difficult to live. You have a contract, you try to make it work, and if it doesn’t work, I think sometimes it’s better to pursue another direction, whatever that is. If it’s within F1… I don’t know what he wants. »

“But sometimes it’s better to retire from F1 and try something else, but I don’t know. He’s a terrific guy. I think he has already shown over time that he is an incredible driver. He won those races and I hope he stays in F1, but we have to wait and see where that goes. »

Daniel Ricciardo’s situation was that of Sergio Pérez at the end of 2020, when Racing Point parted ways with him.

The Mexican has bounced back well and is a philosopher on the precariousness of F1 driver contracts…

« I’ve been in this situation before and sometimes for people sitting at their computers or on social media, it’s very easy to judge things. »

“But for us, it’s our life. That’s what we want to do and we still want to be in this sport. »

“It’s always good to sit down sometimes and enjoy the weather because whatever happens will be great. I think Daniel is also in a privileged position with the career he has had so far, and I’m sure he will find the right opportunity for him. »

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