Horner: Ricciardo’s exit timing ‘spectacularly bad’

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Horner: Ricciardo’s exit timing ‘spectacularly bad’

Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner believes Daniel Ricciardo obtained the timing of his resolution to go away the staff all incorrect.

Ricciardo, a product of Purple Bull’s junior programme, first appeared in System 1 with backmarkers HRT, debuting on the 2011 British Grand Prix, earlier than securing a seat with Purple Bull’s junior staff Toro Rosso for 2012.

His promotion to the principle Purple Bull staff got here in 2014, Ricciardo ending 71 factors forward of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel that season.

However having spent simply over a season with Daniil Kvyat as his team-mate following Vettel’s transfer to Ferrari, Max Verstappen then arrived – a partnership that produced its justifiable share of pressure earlier than Ricciardo exited the staff on the finish of 2018.

In line with Horner, Ricciardo left not solely as a result of he noticed indicators of changing into the second driver to Verstappen but additionally as a result of he had doubts over the Honda engine Purple Bull had been to make use of from 2019.

That partnership got here good although, Verstappen clinching the 2021 Drivers’ Championship, main Horner to counsel Ricciardo had picked a horrible time to go away Purple Bull.

“Daniel might see Max within the ascendancy and he didn’t need to grow to be the second driver,” Horner informed The Weekend Australian.

“His timing was spectacularly dangerous as a result of clearly he had doubts in regards to the Honda engine after which [Honda] went on to show it was a aggressive energy unit and a race-winning bundle.’’

Horner: Ricciardo’s exit timing ‘spectacularly bad’

Regardless of Ricciardo having had “stratospheric” Purple Bull affords in entrance of him, as Horner termed it, the Australian as a substitute made a shock transfer to Renault which produced solely two podium finishes earlier than he switched to McLaren for 2021.

And whereas Ricciardo added to his seven race victories at Purple Bull by successful the 2021 Italian Grand Prix with McLaren, he has hardly ever competed for wins outdoors of that achievement.

On high of that, the primary half of 2021 was spent addressing a significant deficit to his team-mate Lando Norris.

In the beginning of 2022, McLaren have struggled with the brand new laws and discover themselves now not combating on the head of the midfield, with Ricciardo failing to attain some extent on the first spherical in Bahrain earlier than being compelled to retire from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Horner although maintains Ricciardo is a driver with “nice pure talents” and a “huge persona”, so is unhappy to see issues haven’t labored out for him as had been meant.


“Daniel is a good driver and we had been unhappy when he determined to go away the staff right here,’’ stated Horner.

“And it’s sadly not labored out for him the best way he would have preferred.

“He’s obtained nice pure talents, a giant persona. After all, now he’s obtained a aggressive team-mate as effectively. It’s given him a tough time and that’s powerful for him.’’




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