Red Bull Racing has a great driver combo in Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo with the two racers pushing each other to do better rather than pulling each other down as they try to beat one another.
A lot of driver pairings turn out to be volatile, as Red Bull Racing’s previous pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber turned out in the end. Fans of the sport will remember the many clashes the duo had and Webber yelling ‘Multi 21 Seb, Multi 21!” in the post-race debrief room after Vettel failed to follow team orders.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes is another example, the duo having a firm friendship until they found themselves fighting each other for the world title and the relationship turned toxic.
Daniel Ricciardo is by nature a very relaxed and happy person and has many friends in the paddock, so it is not surprising to hear that his relationship with the young Dutchman is such a good one…
“It's a great relationship,” Verstappen said. “I'm very happy with Daniel as a team-mate. He's very fast but also a great character as well. I just think it pushes the whole team forward and that's the main thing.”
“Team spirit is very important. It's a team sport and when you work together on the car instead of trying to fight each it just benefits the team and it benefits you at the end of the day as well. You learn from each other and that's how you make the car better.”
Let’s hope the relationship stays the same when the two men are racing each other for victories on a regular basis.