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THROWBACK : Daniel Ricciardo speeds past Verstappen at the Historic Azerbaijan GP of 18′

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are the successful names from Red Bull's recruitment process.

It was Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull who sped past his teammate Max Verstappen only to smash at the rear of his car a few laps later at the 2018 Baku Grand Prix. This was the turning point in two of the Formula One’s most important faces lately. The much talked about rivalry took a bad turn after this very day and the duo has turned friend from foe at present.

The dates go back to season 2016 to 2018 when Daniel and Max raced as teammates at Red Bull Racing. Red Bull back then was a force to reckon with for the title contention. After Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber’s dual, these were the ones the Milton Keynes outfit looked up to against Mercedes.

Ricciardo crashed against Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo slammed Max Verstappen at the Baku Grand Prix in 2018 (Image courtesy: Formula One)

Despite having a good off-track relationship between Max and Daniel, there was in-team toxicity and rivalry between them. The rivalry between them went to a different level after they took each other out of the race at Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2018.

In a recent interview with, Daniel Riccardo conveyed regarding his rivalry with Verstappen, “I mean, we never hated each other, we just wanted to end each other’s careers! It’s as simple as that.”

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As 2018 drew the curtains, Daniel left Red Bull for Renault fearing Marko and team favoured Max over him. At Renault, Ricciardo performed adequately. However, Red Bull failed to replace the 31-year-old driver with Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon and the void persisted until the Austrian team signed up Sergio Perez this season.

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen with his new teammate Sergio Perez at Red Bull Racing. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)

The Honeybadger is now at McLaren while Max is competing for Red Bull. The duo does not share a toxic relationship anymore. In that context, the McLaren driver further added:

“I think it’s easier now for me and Max to be friends for two reasons, I think one is that obviously we are not in direct competition.

The second point is that I think, since I’ve left, other drivers have come through and him having different team-mates, I think it’s probably increased his respect for me even more.”

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid at Bahrain International Circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo with his new teammate Lando Norris at McLaren F1. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

As the driver’s ranking stands, Max Verstappen is at P2 behind the Mercedes’ ace, Lewis Hamilton. Following that, Daniel is at P7 after the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

There might not be a direct competition between the two, but apparently there is a competition of ego between the two. It will be interesting to see who gets to have the last laugh at the end of the season.


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