Sábado, 23 Setiembre, 2017

Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo vows to bring back the 'shoey'

Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the paddock ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the paddock ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix
Ramiro Mantilla | 17 Setiembre, 2017, 16:46

For the last couple of seasons, the brand new Hybrid engines that Renault built were very uncompetitive against the newer and quicker Mercedes power plants, and in the opening season with the engines in 2014, there were many malfunctions that made team manager Christian Horner furious against the French company, causing Red Bull to either pull out of the deal or Formula One altogether.

"I think anything after '18 at the moment is purely speculation", the Red Bull team principal told the BBC ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. Should Toro Rosso move up the grid with a better Japanese engine, then it will be no surprise if Red Bull uses Honda power starting in the 2019 season.

However, an announcement on Fernando Alonso's future at McLaren is likely to be delayed beyond the weekend, with the final dotting of i's still to be concluded.

Losing Ricciardo would be a major blow to the team as he has the potential to be a world champion, so Red Bull are eager to retain him. "Next year will be a Tag-Heuer-branded Renault". While both forms involved haven't confirmed nor denied the rumour, the move seems to be backed by mutual benefits for all.

In a sport where winning is determined by the machine as much as the man, the only true level playing field is between team-mates who drive the same car.

"If Ayrton wants the championship that badly, he can have it", said a fuming Prost after the race.

"We fortunately cleared the air then and there".

In the latest video, Ricciardo and Verstappen are presented with the challenge of opening a durian using everyday tools such as a screwdriver, hammer, mini saw, a rubber chicken, and even a chair - yes you read that correctly. "There's going to be people you don't like but you just work with them and do your job".

"I've been here for quite a few years now and I think we need to make a bigger step next year than we did this year, to really convince me that I can win with them".

After a disastrous start to the season with a non-finish in Melbourne, Ricciardo has rebuilt his confidence and is happy with Red Bull's progress. It has also contributed S$1.4bn in tourism receipts to Singapore over the past decade and drawn over 450,000 international visitors, including projected arrivals for this year's race.

Following that, they had to take a bite of the king of fruits, a task which they were rather hesitant to complete.