Marko Confident: Ricciardo Could Have Been Verstappen’s Runner-Up

Visa Cash App RB, previously known as AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso, has deepened its collaboration with Red Bull Racing for the 2024 Formula 1 season, adopting a new identity and receiving high expectations from Helmut Marko, who believes Daniel Ricciardo could have been the second fastest in testing if not for being impeded on the track.

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‣ Visa Cash App RB, previously known as AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso, has undergone a significant rebranding and intensified its cooperation with Red Bull Racing for the 2024 Formula 1 season.

‣ Helmut Marko has expressed high expectations for the newly named VCARB team, suggesting that Daniel Ricciardo could have been the second fastest during the first day of testing if not for being impeded on the track.

‣ Despite being over 1.2 seconds behind Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo finished with the fourth fastest time, closely trailing behind Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, indicating a competitive performance from VCARB.


Visa Cash App RB, once known as AlphaTauri and even before that, Toro Rosso, is stepping into new territory for the 2024 Formula 1 season. They’ve cozied up even more with Red Bull Racing, sporting a fresh identity. Helmut Marko’s got big dreams for VCARB. He reckons Daniel Ricciardo could’ve been the second quickest on the track during the first day of testing. That is, if he hadn’t been stuck behind another car.

Oh, and about that new identity? It’s not just a facelift. It’s like they’ve been reborn, ready to take on the world with a vengeance. Marko’s optimism isn’t just hot air. During the chilly first day of winter testing in Bahrain, Red Bull’s sibling team showed they’re not just here to make up the numbers. Ricciardo, with his laid-back Aussie charm, didn’t even seem to be pushing to the limit. Yet, he ended up clocking the fourth fastest time. Only behind speed demons like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Carlos Sainz.

Marko, with his eyes sharp as ever at 80, spilled the beans to Auto, Motor und Sport. He said, “If it weren’t for Pierre Gasly playing the roadblock, Ricciardo might’ve snagged the second-fastest lap.” Imagine that. Ricciardo, trailing Verstappen by a bit over a second, was breathing down the necks of Norris and Sainz. The gap? Merely 0.015 seconds from Sainz and just a tad over a tenth from Norris. Talk about close shaves.

So, yeah. VCARB’s showing promise, and Marko’s not the only one feeling the buzz. There’s a vibe that this season, things might just be different. With a mix of seasoned optimism and fresh energy, who knows what’s possible?

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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