Daniel Ricciardo about Baku race 2018 and the collision with Max Verstappen

“A few years removed we would have handled that differently. It’s just maturity."

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Daniel Ricciardo about Baku race 2018 and the collision with Max Verstappen

It seems that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will lead the way until the very end of the season. These two great Red Bull drivers are the main contenders for the title. Many are wondering if there will be a big clash between the two and how to calm the passions between the two drivers.

Daniel Ricciardo, Verstappen's former colleague, spoke about the rivalry of the teammates, and recalled the moment from Baku 2018, when they slammed into each other. "I look at myself and Max in Baku in 2018,” he said to ESPN, as quoted by crash.net “A few years removed we would have handled that differently.

It’s just maturity. It’s not just about us. But the sport is intense and these things happen. I’m not saying these things will never happen. It’s also exciting! The fact that it’s still talked about five years later!

For me and him it wasn’t cool on that day. And the bollocking we got after… But it makes the sport what it is”.


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Ricciardo emphasized that such situations are ideal for the team. It is a great fact that both drivers are fighting for the first place.

Ricciardo is aware that they are each other's current biggest rivals, but he emphasized that behind them is a team that has given them everything they need. “It’s a good problem to have. Let’s start with that,” -Ricciardo said.

“It’s better to be fighting them for wins than fighting them for 10th place. It’s hard to think about that because you are so caught up in it. You’re just like: ‘I want to beat that guy, and that’s it!’.

You have to get perspective and see that it’s a good position than you’re in. You’re teammate is your biggest rival. But you also have to understand that it’s not just you two - there is a whole team behind you, who put a lot into it”.

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