Daniel Ricciardo has said he would welcome a deteriorating relationship with Max Verstappen as it would mean both would be fighting for the title.
The Red Bull duo are set to provide what will arguably be the most exciting team-mate on the grid as they look to battle Ferrari and Mercedes for the titles.
Ricciardo and Verstappen have had good chemistry following the latter’s in-season move from Toro Rosso last season, but Ricciardo would love to see the tension increase.
“We’re not Lewis and Nico yet but I hope we can be in that position, because we would both absolutely love to get to a point like that, where we’re fighting,” Ricciardo told F1 Racing magazine.
“When we are, that basically means we’re doing what we want to and reaching what we want to achieve in the sport, so it’s hard to predict or anticipate what will happen, but I think that would be a nice position to be in.
“Anything else… I think that’s a bridge we’ll cross when we get there.”
Verstappen cited his memorable battle with Ricciardo in Malaysia last season as something he wants to experience over and over again.
“The most important thing is that you need to respect each other, on and off track,” Verstappen said.
“So far we have been doing that pretty well. Even that fight in Malaysia – fighting for a victory – if we can race like that, it would be amazing.
“For sure, if you fight for a world championship, you can be a bit more nervous, but I think that’s pretty normal.
“When you are in a fight, you know pretty well when you are about to crash or not, so it shouldn’t cause any problems.”