Ricciardo: Verstappen can be Formula 1 great

Date published: January 3 2019

Daniel Ricciardo believes his former teammate Max Verstappen possesses “potential greatness”.

The pair raced together at Red Bull for three seasons before Ricciardo signed for Renault ahead of the 2019 season.

Speaking via RaceFans, Ricciardo said: “For sure there’s a lot of potential. For sure some potential greatness for Max.

“I think it’s all about the trajectory. He keeps improving, he was quick from day one, but I’m convinced he’s got quicker than his first win with Red Bull.

“I’m sure he’ll keep improving but it’s probably going to be more of a scenario/situation in terms of if he’s going to be with a car that’s capable of winning.

“That’s probably what’s going to dictate what levels of greatness he’s able to achieve.”

While continuing to praise Verstappen‘s ability, the Aussie also highlighted how the Dutchman can lose his temper.

“And obviously if that goes through a course where it’s not happening then you might get the frustrated version [of him],” he explained.

“But as far as obviously his ability and that goes, he’s obviously very talented.

“I’ve enjoyed the challenge with him and the rivalry. I think we’ve both grown as drivers. It’s been beneficial to both our careers.”

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