Formula One: Why would anyone bet against Daniel Ricciardo?

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his third position on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Photo: Charles Coates/Getty ImagesFor Daniel Ricciardo it comes down to this: after three months of bad luck, team intrigue, strategic blunders and a new teammate who appeared to have been kissed on the nose by a leprechaun, he still sits third in the championship standings.
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Now it’s game on to hold on for the remainder of the season.

The Australian’s third place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix behind the dominant Mercedes drivers could well be seen a milestone moment in Ricciardo’s season, which had appeared to be careening off the rails through no fault of his own.

Having endured the unexpected implosion of one teammate and then the arrival of another who was immediately touted as a potential superstar, who could blame Ricciardo for wondering why in some minds he was suddenly cast in the role of second banana?

It didn’t help, of course, that his team has sometimes slipped on that banana.

Max Verstappen’s debut win in Spain and Red Bull’s pit stop debacle in Monaco were only two of the challenges that faced the No.3 this year.

Too often this season Ricciardo has found himself on the wrong end of other drivers’ mistakes, safety car interventions, tyre choices and misplaced team strategy. And yet through it all his response has been to double down through gritted teeth.

Advised after the Monaco mess to “dig deep” by former Red Bull driver Mark Webber, it appears Ricciardo needed little encouragement to do all the right things.

While he did some mild sabre rattling over his worth on the open market in the weeks after Max Verstappen’s arrival, it wasn’t long before Ricciardo and Red Bull confirmed the contract option that had always been in place.

And as the on-track frustrations mounted, the Australian owned his feelings and kept his anger in check. His post-race videos uploaded to the team website have become required viewing mid-week.

In them, he’s been unfailingly honest about the failures and yet always upbeat about the races to come. This despite a poor seventh in Canada and a strong qualifying in Baku ending in another pedestrian seventh on race day.

After Baku he conceded there were areas of his own performance that needed work and again put his head down and turned up smiling in Austria, where he finished fifth and was again beaten by Verstappen.

At the British Grand Prix he suffered the disappointment of being beaten by a teammate in qualifying for the first tiem this season. He couldn’t overhaul the Dutchman in the race either.

Through it all the consistency of effort has remained. And that’s where Daniel Ricciardo sits – the most consistently unlucky man on track in 2016 is also the most consistent.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg lead the field on 192 and 186 points in the title hunt, with Ricciardo in third on 115. That’s one point ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and five points ahead of Sebstian Vettel in their Ferraris. Verstappen – having started the season in an uncompetitive Toro Rosso – sits on 100 points.

No one thinks Max is going to slow down anytime soon, but it’s clear he’s still impetuous and liable to make mistakes. Ricciardo has had plenty of opportunities to make mistakes around temperament this year. For the most part, he’s declined.

Don’t back against him from here.

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