Red Bull’s Ricciardo eager to get the ball rolling

Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:13pm EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is raring to turn the tables on team-mate Max Verstappen in Sunday’s Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix after taking recent results on the chin.

Verstappen, 18, was promoted from Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso ahead of May’s Spanish Grand Prix and the Dutch driver then triumphed on his debut, becoming the sport's youngest grand prix winner.

He has out-raced Ricciardo, one of the most highly-rated drivers on the grid, in the last two races with two second places.

"I’m aware he’s done very well and he’s had the win and the podiums," said the Australian, who beat four times champion Sebastian Vettel in his first season at Red Bull before the German left for Ferrari.

"You don’t like getting beaten but I think at the same time...if it’s just he was better on that day or he worked better with the engineers and he set the car up better, then you just have to take it on the chin and move forward."

Verstappen has finished ahead of the Australian in four of the six races they have driven together, and has finished on the podium three times compared to a sole rostrum result for Ricciardo this season.

Ricciardo had held the edge over his team-mate in qualifying but Verstappen ended the 27-year-old’s unbeaten Saturday run at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

While the teenager's performance has been impressive, Ricciardo has been hit by a string of poor luck.   Continued...

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Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull during practice
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