“We’ll Probably Drown Together” – Max Verstappen Jokes About Ex Red Bull Teammate Ricciardo

Published 03/04/2021, 2:00 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will be challenging other drivers on the track when he gets the RB16B on the track in the season opener at Bahrain. That competitiveness with other drivers prompts him to not trust any other driver to save his life if he were ever in danger.

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The Dutchman is known off the paddock as being a standoffish character. The 23-year-old has maintained very cordial relationships with his teammates but has maintained a noticeable distance with drivers from other teams.

Max Verstappen wouldn’t trust Daniel Ricciardo with his life

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On the official Red Bull podcast, Talking Bull, new driver Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez asked Verstappen which F1 driver would he choose to save him if he were ever in trouble.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The Dutchman answered in the negative. He light-heartedly replied, “Not many people I think you can depend on. Not many will save your life. I think many will try to drown me.”

Verstappen went on further and said maybe Ricciardo.

“I think the others, Daniel for sure. But with Daniel, I think we’ll probably drown together if he will try to save me. I think we’ll stick within the team, I think that’s the safest option.”

Will the team finally disturb Mercedes’ procession in 2021?

Red Bull have made a key change off the track by changing up the driver lineup. They brought in wily points getter Sergio Perez in the hopes that it will help them challenge for the 2021 Constructor’s Championship.

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There is also an interesting development in terms of the power unit. Honda, their engine supplier for 2021, has brought forward its 2022 power unit updates to 2021.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

This could go in two directions. One is the Austrian team sees an immediate upshot in performance and reliability. When this happens, they will be hoping that gives them the edge over Mercedes.

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The other way it could go is it could see their season get derailed very quickly if it doesn’t perform as expected. So, they will need to make a quick start to the season. That way it will help Verstappen in building an early lead in the Driver’s Championship.

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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