Since Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix this year, the two drivers have been closely matched with Ricciardo scoring 220 points as team-mates while Verstappen picked up 191.
While the two largely got on well this year, ahead of the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations in 2017, Ricciardo is aware it is unlikely to be the same situation if Red Bull is strong next season.
“Well, I’m not naive,” Ricciardo told the official Red Bull website. “If we’re fighting for wins I’m sure the pressure and tension will rise – but hopefully we’ll be able to look each other in the eye and say “good job” afterwards.”
And Ricciardo sees the new regulations as a good chance for Red Bull to at least get closer to Mercedes than it has been over the past three years.
“I honestly think it’s a good thing for us. It seems to put more emphasis on aerodynamics and I have a lot of faith in our aerodynamics department.
“It’s our strong suit. From that point of view I don’t think it can hurt us. Also, I think the cars are going to look pretty bad-ass. Mean, wider tyres, more muscular. Grrrrrr…”
Allyson Felix and Lewis Hamilton are considered speed demons in their respective sports; Allyson in Track & Field, and Lewis in Formula 1.
Though their sports are tremendously different, the two sat down to have a conversation racer to racer and learned just how similar they are as athletes and people.
The video of the two stars’ conversation was uploaded by Vice Sports on their YouTube channel.
What do you think about the similarities between these two speedsters?
Toro Rosso has revealed the spectacular Formula One circuit its fans have brought to life following a year-long series of polls.
For each venue that hosted F1 in 2016, the Faenza-based outfit asked its supporters to select the turns, or sections of corners they like most.
After adding the necessary link sections and two DRS zones, the end result is a daunting 16-kilometre layout that features timeless classics such as Monaco’s Tunnel, Spa’s Eau Rouge, Monza’s Variante Ascari chicane, Suzuka’s Esses, and Interlagos’ Senna Esses, but also modern gems like Baku’s ‘Medieval walls’ segment.
“I must say it’s quite spectacular,” commented Toro Rosso ace Daniil Kvyat. “For sure, I’d like to drive this track, there are a lot of cool corners, all the best parts of each track.
“It would not be easy to find the perfect setup for this circuit but racing would be quite exciting. Drivers would like it a lot, though it’d naturally be very hard to have it in real life but it’s always good to dream, isn’t it?”
Talking about his favourite part of the circuit, the Russian added: “It would be the fastest corners, the sequence of Suzuka Esses combining with the Austin Esses. It would be hard for the tyres, but a great sector to drive with its high-speed turns.
“After the Hockenheim straight, there would an interesting overtaking spot, that’s why there is the first DRS zone. There would be other overtaking opportunities elsewhere and the track would be quite spectacular to drive in qualifying.”