Ricciardo welcomes young drivers to F1

Date published: November 18 2016

As the season nears its end, former Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo said he does not feel threatened by the new crop of young drivers in the sport, saying that they bring excitement to Formula 1.

With his team-mate Max Verstappen earning all the praise since replacing Daniil Kvyat after three races into 2016, Ricciardo claimed he doesn’t feel pressured at all and sees it as a positive thing that they are a lot of youngsters on the grid.

"I don’t feel pressure," said Ricciardo, who made is debut at the tender age of 20-years-old.

"The drivers are getting quite young. It’s cool to bring a lot of energy to the sport.

"The young generation is strong in all sports. I expect them to be a challenge as they improve. Its fun and it’s good to have some new drivers coming."

The Aussie driver also added that the Red Bull development programme is the best at breeding new talent through as they pay so much attention to the drivers involved.

"For me Red Bull Racing is doing the best [program]. When I joined them it's like they put everything in place for us,” he said.

"For sure, there it's a lot of pressure, but our biggest focus is going out to race and to try to win. 

“They also help out physical training and mental stuff, some media training – there was a big picture for them. They really prepare us for the big show like this. And for me, they are doing putting more attention into it than any other team."

Excluding Verstappen, Esteban Ocon, Pascal Wehrlein, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll are other youngsters to look out for in 2017.