Ricciardo not wary of Red Bull axe


Daniel Ricciardo insists he is not looking over his shoulder despite seeing his team-mate Daniil Kvyat bumped down to Toro Rosso as Red Bull wielded the axe.

Following a disasterous Russian GP, Red Bull announced that Kvyat had been demoted down to Toro Rosso while Max Verstappen had been promoted in the other direction.

The Dutchman is not the only youngster in the Red Bull family wanting a seat at the senior team as they also have Carlos Sainz on the books.

Ricciardo, though, is confident of his place at the senior team.

“Personally I don’t look over my shoulder,” he told ESPN.

“I will always respect the people coming through and there is always going to be someone coming through. Someone who is quick or a new talent or whatever.

“You can’t be naïve but for me I am always looking ahead.

“If I was at the tail end of my career then maybe I would try to hang on to my seat one year, one year more, but I still feel like I am moving forward so that is where my eyes will keep looking.”

Asked if he believes his new partnership with Verstappen is the Red Bull line-up for the next few seasons, he responded: “Sure they know…I have shown my position in the last few years and I have been doing a good job since I joined the team, so I think they are happy with the path that we are going on together.

“And now with Max in, I think they really hope that he can push me and we can push each other and we can be a strong duo for years to come. I guess that is definitely the vision.”