Verstappen was meant to destroy him but in reality, Daniel is going to tar the Dutch pilot. This year, it is not Rosberg the one going to be the biggest revelation but Daniel Ricciardo: 27 years old, 104 GPs performed and 4 races won. Particular signals: he loves to break-up tulips.
This spring everybody were aiming their thoughts to Max Verstappen and from a certain point of view they were right. Jos’ son is strong, reliable, effective, fast when we do not take into account there is another pilot driving the same car, in the same conditions which made him capable after 12 GPs to give a stunning amount of 9.3 points on practicing session, followed by a painful 8 vs. 4 points on racing, ending with 168 vs. 134 of total points in this championship. It is true, this season is not over yet. Even so, there is no doubt the Australian is doing better
What is going with Max, it was the victory obtained in Barcelona, where the box and him were good to use an opportunity created by the crash of Mercedes’ cars. Ricciardo was not lucky until Malaysia, so nobody talked too much about him for this season. He was in a difficult position after the step back of Kvyat from Red Bull to Toro Rosso. Daniel was believed to be just another victim on the path followed by the Dutch pilot. Many believed, it was better for Daniel to simply become a good squire so to avoid to be destroyed by Verstappen. In reality, when we look at results, it is clear Daniel is proving to be more reliable and effective than his team-mate. Sometimes, he is the only one capable to beat those rockets called Mercedes when they are on the track and not only when they have drop-out. In fact, in the last five races he got one victory, three second places and a fifth.
What shall he achieve to be called a marvel? Perhaps, his problem is about the fact his Dutch team-mate is more useful to mass media. Daniel is not an aggressive champion, dialectical provocative or looking for an argument every single day. He is more a simple and funny guy. He likes to smile while when things are not working, he has no problem to show he is not happy at all. This natural life-style made someone to believe he is a bit naive but they are pretty wrong. Ricciardo, from 2014 until today, he is the only one capable to create some problem to Mercedes and its domination of Formula 1. Very fast during practice, he is even more effective during the race. Together with Lewis Hamilton, he is very good to perform a fast and effective overtaking.
Helmut Marko bet some money on him, because he thinks Daniel will win a F1 championship in the next two years:
“Yes, I bet some money on this: Verstappen will be champion in about three years, Ricciardo will be a F1 champion in less than two years. They have different ages and origins, but they are very strong while their peculiarities are completely different”