Jan.30 (GMM) Daniel Ricciardo has contradicted boss Christian Horner’s claims that Sebastian Vettel came close to quitting F1 last year.
Horner, the team chief at Red Bull, caused a stir this week when he told the media that amid the quadruple world champion’s struggles to match Ricciardo in 2014, the German thought about retiring before deciding to switch to Ferrari.
But quotes attributed to Vettel in the German press insist any stories of quitting have been “taken out of context and exaggerated”.
And Australian Ricciardo, who will now lead Red Bull from the cockpit in 2015, also doubts that Vettel seriously thought about leaving formula one.
“From what I saw he was never going to leave,” he told Britain’s Sky.
“He’s way too passionate about the sport to just walk away.
“With Ferrari this year he’s going to have a challenge,” Ricciardo added, “but I think he’ll come out of his shell some more and try and get them going again.”
02/11/2016 F1 figures say Vettel could quit Nov.2 (GMM) Experienced paddock dwellers are contemplating the notion that Sebastian Vettel might soon call time on his F1 career.
The German won four titles for Red Bull before […]
09/02/2015 Vettel back to ‘naughty’ old self – Marko Feb.9 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel is back to his old self, Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko has admitted. Recently, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claimed that amid Vettel's struggle to […]
13/03/2019 Ricciardo refused to be no.2 to Verstappen – Hill Mar.13 (GMM) 1996 world champion Damon Hill has backed Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull exit.
Ricciardo's Australian countryman Mark Webber said Ricciardo deciding to join Renault for 2019 […]
01/05/2016 Kvyat phoned Vettel after Sochi crashes May 1 (GMM) Daniil Kvyat on Sunday said he had spoken with Sebastian Vettel on the phone after the Russian grand prix. Two weeks after their pre-podium verbal argument in China, Russian […]
06/12/2018 Horner sad to farewell Ricciardo Dec.6 (GMM) Christian Horner admits he is sad that Daniel Ricciardo has left Red Bull.
The team boss said Australian Ricciardo alongside Max Verstappen was "the best duo in the history" […]
24/04/2018 Horner wants Ricciardo decision by August Apr.24 (GMM) Red Bull wants Daniel Ricciardo to make his decision about the future by August.
Big rumours are swirling that the Australian has signed a 'pre-agreement' to replace Kimi […]
19/05/2016 Red Bull denies Ricciardo given losing strategy May 19 (GMM) Red Bull has denied Max Verstappen was deliberately given the preferred race strategy to win last Sunday's Spanish grand prix.
While the young Dutchman - who had qualified […]
14/05/2016 Ricciardo says contractual situation ‘open’ May 14 (GMM) Daniel Ricciardo is not completely ruling himself out of the 2017 'silly season'.
Last year, the Australian put forward his name as a contender to switch to Ferrari, but Red […]