Daniel Ricciardo’s Teachings to Tackle Top Red Bull Boss Become a Pass Along Lesson for Max Verstappen & Those Who Follow

Published 09/26/2022, 9:02 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Every once in a while in F1, senior drivers step away with their wealth of experience and rookies come in eager to make a mark. However, the best-case scenario for an inexperienced driver is to partner alongside an experienced driver. The partnership of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at Red Bull is a great example of that.

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The young Dutchman learned a lot from the established Australian during their time together at Red Bull. Eventually, the team had to bank on their future champion, and Ricciardo moved on to newer pastures. If not racing, there’s one thing we are sure Verstappen leaned from Ricciardo.

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In an old episode of Grill the Grid from 2018, the then Red Bull teammates played a game of Truth or Lie. When asked if they’ve ever ignored a call from the team boss, both Ricciardo and Verstappen were guilty.

However, the Australian had an innovative excuse for such a situation. He revealed, “You answer (the call) like (mimics panting) I’m at the gym, I’ll call you back later.”

Interestingly enough, Verstappen passed on the knowledge parted onto him by Ricciardo to his new teammate. On Red Bull’s YouTube channel when Verstappen is asked by new teammate Alex Albon, “What happens when Dr. Marko is calling you in the morning?”. Verstappen said, “I’m in the gym! Sorry, I was in the gym, couldn’t pick up!”

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Both times, the excuse invoked laughter in the teammates. The excuse might have become a part of Red Bull Racing’s new driver initiation program. Safe to assume, Daniel Ricciardo would take great pride in it.

But unfortunately, during their time at Red bull together, Verstappen and Ricciardo developed a rivalry as well

Daniel Ricciardo explains his rivalry with Max Verstappen

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Ricciardo’s longest-serving teammate to date has been Max Verstappen. The pair, despite a healthy relationship off-track, sometimes got in each other’s way on the track, literally. On two occasions, Azerbaijan and Hungary, they sparked confrontational moments.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walk during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 6, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

However, it wasn’t all bad, Ricciardo told Maxim Magazine. He explained, “I think we pushed each other for better or worse. Whether it was a heated rivalry or a respectful intensity, we got the best out of each other. We both thrived off it.”

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After Ricciardo, Arguably, it is only Sergio Perez who has managed to match up to Max Verstappen so far. However, the relationship between Ricciardo and Verstappen is still alive.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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