Connect with us

F1 top news

Marko relationship will ensure equality – Ricciardo



Marko relationship will ensure equality - RicciardoDaniel Ricciardo is not expecting to slot into predecessor Mark Webber’s awkward position within the Red Bull hierarchy.

Australian Webber, who has left F1 for Porsche’s new Le Mans foray, often hinted that his side of the garage was not treated as fairly as was teammate Sebastian Vettel’s.

Now, another Australian, 24-year-old Ricciardo, has stepped straight into Webber’s shoes.

“Obviously,” countryman and 1980 world champion Alan Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald this week, “if there is any sort of leaning in that team, it’s probably slightly Germanic.”

But as far as Ricciardo is concerned, Webber’s situation may simply have been created by his slightly awkward relationship with Red Bull powerbroker Dr Helmut Marko.

The blunt Marko famously groomed Vettel from boyhood, but Ricciardo has similarly worked his way through the very same Red Bull development programme.

“It definitely doesn’t hurt,” Ricciardo told Fairfax Media in Melbourne this week.

“Knowing Dr Marko for a long time and him knowing me, knowing that I’ve had his full support since day one, it’s not going to make me question anything, put it that way.

“I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb,” he insisted.

“Where Mark, for whatever reasons, maybe did (question the equality), it won’t be the case (with me),” said Ricciardo. “I’ll come in with a positive approach.” (GMM)


Click to comment

2018 F1 Launch

F1 Testing Updates

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment. All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media