Daniel Ricciardo‘s impressive performance in the Mexican Grand Prix, coupled with Sergio Perez‘s early exit, has sparked rumors of a potential driver swap between Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri, although Ricciardo and Max Verstappen remain diplomatic in their responses.
‣ Daniel Ricciardo drove an impressive Grand Prix weekend in Mexico
‣ Sergio Perez saw his home race end at turn one
‣ Rumours of a driver swap between Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri have been fueled
‣ Max Verstappen has a great relationship with both Ricciardo and Perez
Daniel Ricciardo had an impressive performance during the Grand Prix weekend in Mexico, showcasing his skills on the track. On the other hand, Sergio Perez experienced a disappointing race as it ended abruptly at turn one. These events have sparked rumors of a potential driver swap between Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri. When asked about the possibility of returning to Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen next year, Ricciardo stated, “I haven’t. Obviously, all the stuff around my contract next year has been related to AlphaTauri. That’s honestly as far as that goes.”
Verstappen was also questioned about the driver swap and whether he would like to see Ricciardo back in the Red Bull team. In response, he sarcastically exclaimed, “Fantastic, I’m all for it!” Verstappen further stated, “I always had a great relationship with Daniel when we were teammates and when, of course, we weren’t. But at the same time, I have a great relationship with Checo.”
He emphasized that it would be unfair to express a preference for a teammate as they have both been great in their roles. Verstappen explained, “It’s not up to me at the end of the day to make these kind of decisions because I’m very focused on my own performance.” Whether it is Perez or Ricciardo, Verstappen expressed his confidence in working well with either of them, highlighting that they have had a great time together in the past. He also acknowledged that although questions about driver swaps arise in F1, there is a possibility of no action being taken.
In other news, Fernando Alonso responded angrily to the wild rumors surrounding a potential move to Red Bull. He stated, “This has consequences,” indicating his displeasure with the speculation. Additionally, it is worth noting that Verstappen has the opportunity to break a 71-year-old Formula 1 record in the upcoming Brazil Grand Prix.