Monday, 16 June 2014

Ricciardo's feet firmly planted on the ground

(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

1980 Formula One world champion Alan Jones believes that fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo's maiden Grand Prix victory last time out in Canada will make the Red Bull driver stronger throughout the season. When Ricciardo joined Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of last season ahead of his 2014 debut with the world champions no one expected him to do so well against his quadruple world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel.

In the opening race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne he finished in second place however, he was excluded from the event as a result of the team being found guilty of using to much fuel during the race.

He retired from the following race in Malaysia while in Bahrain and China Ricciardo finished in fourth. The came the Spanish Grand Prix where Ricciardo finished the race on the podium in third place behind the two Mercedes. He went on to finish the podium once again in the following Grand Prix in Monte Carlo with another third place finish.

Then last weekend in Canada, Ricciardo qualified in 6th place and went on to win the race finishing just ahead of Mercedes Nico Rosberg and Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel. As a result Ricciardo have moved into third in the Driver's championship being best of the rest behind the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Jones said:

'I think he's down to earth, which is what I like about him,I don't think all this will go to his head. I think he'll be down to earth with his two feet on the ground.'

Jones believes that there will be more circuit's later this season that will suit Ricciardo and the Red Bull RB10 chassis better then the  circuit in Montreal.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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