Ricciardo Compared to Tsunoda as Verstappen’s Teammate

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle doubts Daniel Ricciardo‘s return to Red Bull Racing, stating that the Australian needs to show better performance than in recent times.

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‣ Martin Brundle doubts that Daniel Ricciardo will return to Red Bull Racing immediately, stating that the Australian needs to show more in the upcoming season.
‣ Ricciardo has expressed his desire to finish his F1 career at Red Bull Racing and is aiming for a seat next to Max Verstappen.
‣ In the eight times Ricciardo competed for AlphaTauri in 2023, Yuki Tsunoda outperformed him, winning the qualifying duel 4-3 and scoring more points in the eight races they raced together.
Sergio Perez‘s contract with Red Bull expires at the end of 2024, and while Ricciardo hopes to return to his old team then, Red Bull is also considering other options.


Martin Brundle isn’t convinced Daniel Ricciardo will be back in the Red Bull Racing fold anytime soon. The former F1 driver reckons Ricciardo needs to up his game next season, more than he has in recent times.

Ricciardo, on the Beyond the Grid podcast, made it clear he wants to wrap up his F1 career at Red Bull Racing. His stint with AlphaTauri has boosted his confidence, and he’s got his sights set on the seat next to Max Verstappen. But Brundle? He’s not so sure that’s gonna happen.

Could Ricciardo return at Red Bull Racing? Brundle doesn’t think so. He said, “I don’t think Daniel has perhaps outperformed Tsunoda as I would have expected him to. I know he was thrown in at the deep end and he was really unlucky with that incident in Zandvoort. So the jury is out on that.”

Brundle also pointed out that McLaren replaced Ricciardo with Piastri, which was a smart move. He added, “So for me, Daniel’s got a lot more to do before I would think that he’s ready to go and take the fight to Max Verstappen.”

In 2023, Ricciardo raced for AlphaTauri eight times. Yuki Tsunoda outperformed him. Tsunoda won the qualifying duel 4-3 and had an average difference of 0.166s. Tsunoda also finished ahead of Ricciardo more often (4-2) and scored more points in the eight races they raced together: 15 to 6.

Sergio Perez’s contract expires at the end of 2024. Ricciardo, who will be 35 in July, hopes to return to his old team then. But Red Bull is also looking at other options. Many drivers’ contracts expire in 2024, which means there’s a lot of possibilities for the world champion.

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