Ex-F1 workforce proprietor says Daniel Ricciardo has completely no likelihood of beating Sergio Perez out to be Crimson Bull’s No.2 driver – after Aussie was related to shock mid-season workforce change
Former Method One workforce principal Eddie Jordan has dominated out Daniel Ricciardo changing Sergio Perez as Crimson Bull’s No2 driver.
The Australian returned to Crimson Bull as reserve driver this yr after parting methods with McLaren 12 months sooner than deliberate following two unsuccessful seasons.
The eight-time Grand Prix winner has vowed to remain in Formula One after being replaced by Oscar Piastri at McLaren, however did not land a spot on the grid for this season.
Whereas Jordan has not shut the door on Ricciardo securing a seat for next season, he is adamant he will not be changing Perez at Crimson Bull.
‘I’ve gone by means of this on a variety of events and I truly suppose, , Daniel Ricciardo is there, however there’s no method Daniel goes to do the job that Checo [Perez] is doing,’ he mentioned on the Method For Success podcast.
Former F1 workforce principal Eddie Jordan has dominated out Daniel Ricciardo changing Sergio Perez at Crimson Bull at any level this season
Ricciardo is presently with out a seat in Method 1 and is Crimson Bull’s reserve driver
‘Having seen what Daniel has completed, and as a lot as we just like the man, he’s only a fabulous particular person to be round, however Checo is doing a magic job.’
Perez completed third within the drivers’ championship standings final season behind world champion Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.
The Mexican has began the season strongly and trails Verstappen by solely 14 factors after 5 races, with Perez successful in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan and the Dutchman triumphing in Bahrain, Australia and Miami.
Whereas Perez’s seat could also be out of attain, Ricciardo could return to the grid this season with AlphaTauri poised to sack their struggling rookie driver Nyck de Vries.
Crimson Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has reportedly given de Vries an ultimatum to enhance his efficiency by June or get replaced.
AlphaTauri is owned by Crimson Bull, which means the workforce may merely flip to Ricciardo as a doable alternative for the 28-year-old Dutchman.
If the transfer materialises, it could see the Australian driver return to AlphaTauri, the place he beforehand raced for 2 seasons in 2012 and 2013 – when it was referred to as Scuderia Toro Rosso – earlier than transferring to Crimson Bull.
Ricciardo has already not too long ago been fitted for a seat within the AlphaTauri automotive, to make sure he can be out there at a second’s discover ought to there be a problem with a driver.
Perez is second within the drivers’ standings, 14 factors behind teammate Max Verstappen
Perez (left) and Verstappen (proper) have cut up the opening 5 races of the season, with the previous successful in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan and the latter in Bahrain, Australia and Miami
Ricciardo has been watching this season from the pit wall after returning to Crimson Bull as reserve driver following his axing from McLaren on the finish of final season
In the meantime, former McLaren driver David Coulthard believes Verstappen is poised to dominate the game for years to return.
‘We’ve got a era of drivers of their mid-20s that for the subsequent decade are going to be attempting to struggle it out, and mainly any a kind of guys who get their arms on a race-winning automotive have an opportunity to problem Max [Verstappen],’ he mentioned.
‘Difficult Max in the identical workforce goes to take a superhuman effort, as a result of Max is only a machine, isn’t he?
‘He’s been groomed, within the nicest method of that expression, by way of being on a racetrack from an early age. Each dad and mom have been racers and he’s assertive, robust willed and greater than succesful.’