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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ricciardo grouned over Red Bull Melbourne success


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Daniel Ricciardo will raise plenty of cheers if he beats his former Red Bull team mates in Melbourne next week, but the new Renault driver will not throw any toys out of the pram if the opposite occurs.

The Australian's move to the French team at the end of last year was a long-term play for the Perth native, the home favourite in the season-opening race.

"I was aware when I signed the deal here that it was very realistic that, at least come Melbourne, they (Red Bull) are going to be in front," Ricciardo said when asked about the immediate prospects.

"I'm not going to be bitter if they beat us in Melbourne. I feel now we're still on a bit of a different journey."

Daniel Ricciardo

Former champions Renault, who won titles with Fernando Alonso in 2005-06 and powered Red Bull and their German driver Sebastian Vettel to four double titles in a row between 2010-2013, were fourth overall last season.

Red Bull - who have switched to Honda engines over the off-season - were third behind champions Mercedes and Ferrari last year, with Ricciardo and Max Verstappen each winning two races.

The evidence from testing suggested Honda had got on top of the performance and reliability problems that have plagued them in the past.

"I know probably a lot of people think 'Ah, if he were to beat Red Bull how good would that be? Sticking it to them'. But it's honestly not like that. If we could overcome any of those top three I'd be stoked," Ricciardo said.

Daniel Ricciardo

"Seeing what I've seen so far (at Renault) I think there's enough resources to get into that world ... I don't think that's unattainable for us."

Had Ricciardo stayed at Red Bull, he would've continued to fight for star billing with Verstappen, the 21-year-old Dutchman considered a future champion.

The likeable 29-year-old sees himself in a similar light but risked being considered a permanent second fiddle to the favoured son.

Ricciardo said the main aim for the season ahead was simply to make progress, and for the team to continue on an upward trajectory.

"As long as we make inroads, that's got to be a pretty successful year," he said.

Daniel Ricciardo will raise plenty of cheers if he beats his former Red Bull team mates in Melbourne next week, but the new Renault driver will not throw any toys out of the pram if the opposite occurs.

The Australian's move to the French team at the end of last year was a long-term play for the Perth native, the home favourite in the season-opening race.

"I was aware when I signed the deal here that it was very realistic that, at least come Melbourne, they (Red Bull) are going to be in front," Ricciardo said when asked about the immediate prospects.

"I'm not going to be bitter if they beat us in Melbourne. I feel now we're still on a bit of a different journey."

Daniel Ricciardo

Former champions Renault, who won titles with Fernando Alonso in 2005-06 and powered Red Bull and their German driver Sebastian Vettel to four double titles in a row between 2010-2013, were fourth overall last season.

Red Bull - who have switched to Honda engines over the off-season - were third behind champions Mercedes and Ferrari last year, with Ricciardo and Max Verstappen each winning two races.

The evidence from testing suggested Honda had got on top of the performance and reliability problems that have plagued them in the past.

"I know probably a lot of people think 'Ah, if he were to beat Red Bull how good would that be? Sticking it to them'. But it's honestly not like that. If we could overcome any of those top three I'd be stoked," Ricciardo said.

Daniel Ricciardo

"Seeing what I've seen so far (at Renault) I think there's enough resources to get into that world ... I don't think that's unattainable for us."

Had Ricciardo stayed at Red Bull, he would've continued to fight for star billing with Verstappen, the 21-year-old Dutchman considered a future champion.

The likeable 29-year-old sees himself in a similar light but risked being considered a permanent second fiddle to the favoured son.

Ricciardo said the main aim for the season ahead was simply to make progress, and for the team to continue on an upward trajectory.

"As long as we make inroads, that's got to be a pretty successful year," he said.

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