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Horner states Hamilton is foolish to discard Ricciardo

  • Published on 02 Dec 2017 11:35
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that Lewis Hamilton is wrong to underestimate Daniel Ricciardo as a 2018 title contender. Hamilton recently outlined who he feels will challenge him the most in 2018, naming Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen.

Red Bull is hoping to start next season with a title contending car after failing to produce a car capable of matching Mercedes and Ferrari in 2017. With Hamilton believing Ricciardo's teammate Verstappen will be a threat next year, Horner doesn't see why the Australian shouldn't be mentioned.

"Lewis would be very foolish to underestimate Daniel," Horner told Sky Sports News. "He's a phenomenal driver, he's arguably the best overtaker in the business. He's driven some great races this year and some great races in his time at Red Bull. He's absolutely ready for a championship challenge if we can provide him with the tools to do the job."

Horner believes that the energy drink team has the best line-up in the field and is hoping it will bounce back from its underwhelming campaign in 2017: "If you look at the number of points we have given away through unreliability, it's close to 160," Horner said.

"Engine reliability has hit us really hard. At the beginning of the year we undelivered on the chassis, we didn't hit the ground running. We understood those problems quickly and moved to address them quickly. I'm really excited that we've got the strongest driver pairing in Formula 1. Max and Daniel, they push each other to such high limits and that's tremendously exciting for us."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • I love Ricciardo's lunges. He just run up from nowhere, shouts "howdy", and then he is off. But Red Bull will need to step it up next year. This year, they had problems with both chassis and PU, and while they fixed the chassis they were pretty limited by that reliability. Next Renault spec will be significantly better, me thinks, they and Honda sacrificed this year for the long run. The main concern for Red Bull on that front is if Renault continue to be as unwilling to upgrade their unit past the midseason mark as they've been in 2017 and 2016.

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    • Dec 2 2017 - 12:32
  • reg

    Posts: 162

    I agree with Horner, Daniel is just superiorly competitive, he constantly grabs opportunities that others don't even see, let alone take!
    With the right car, and I suspect Red Bull will have one next year, he can be unbeatable!
    I reckon Hamilton knows this and is just trying to play mind games with him.
    Having seen how mature Daniel is, I cannot see this clear and deliberate insult having any effect on Daniel, except perhaps it may spur him on a bit, but frankly I doubt if he cares what the rather nauseating self-publicist says or does!!

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    • Dec 3 2017 - 11:07
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    Yep, Danny is a “mugger” with a lot more classy moves than his super aggressive teammate. You would ignore the Honey Badger in a good car at your peril..

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    • Dec 4 2017 - 11:42

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