Daniel Ricciardo had a torrid second half of the season but rival Max Verstappen flourished.
Daniel Ricciardo had a torrid second half of the season but rival Max Verstappen flourished.

Ricciardo: Final days at Red Bull ‘confusing’

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that his last few months at Red Bull were a "confusing" time as the RB14 showed a remarkable improvement in pace.

Red Bull were behind Mercedes and Ferrari all season and were pinning their hopes on the Mexican Grand Prix, which they have traditionally done well in because of the high altitude helped close the gap between their Renault engine and their rivals'.

However, the Milton Keynes-based outfit actually managed to be competitive at most tracks towards the end of the season as they managed five consecutive podiums - including one win - in to close the year.

They were all achieved by Verstappen though, rather than Ricciardo, whose excessive engine problems cost him podiums of his own, most notably at Mexico when he retired while in P2.

"This sport is so confusing at times," said Ricciardo. "Even Brazil I was amazed at the pace we had.

"At the start of the race I was coming through the pack, and normally you damage your tyres, but at that point I could still see I was faster than the Ferraris and the Mercedes.

"It was hard to overtake, but I knew we had the pace. I don't know if we got it right or the others got it wrong, but we've certainly been fast the last few races."

Daniel Ricciardo was given a guard of honour before his final Red Bull race.
Daniel Ricciardo was given a guard of honour before his final Red Bull race.

Asked if his move to Renault meant he wasn't given full details about updates from the team, he said: "Well, I probably wouldn't know anyway!

"This sport's so complex. But for sure they know their strengths. I think the aero this year has come on really strong, but even the whole geometry, suspension of the car.

"Things like this, you watch the other onboards of the other cars and see the other drivers' helmets move a lot, and ours are quite still.

"I think everything, the whole compliance of the car they've really nailed this year. I don't know the details but I think that's also one of the strong points of the team."

News Corp Australia


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