Ricciardo after Verstappen world title and Hamilton loss: ‘Both fought hard this year’


Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is thus the new world champion in Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton was overtaken by the Dutchman on the very last lap. Former teammate of Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, could not say before the race who would become world champion, but also believes that both drivers should be proud of this successful season.

The Australian was interviewed at Ziggo Sport after the race. He believes that both drivers should look back on this Formula 1 season with their heads held high. “They did everything they could and there are no losers this season. They both fought hard this year,” said Ricciardo, who finished twelfth during the race.

Ricciardo: ‘Both drivers have done well this year’

Hamilton was in the lead for a long time during the race, but had to acknowledge his superiority in Verstappen on the last lap. As a result, the Red Bull driver became world champion and the Briton saw his eighth title disappear like snow in the sun. “It’s very hard for Lewis to lose it on the last lap. Both drivers have done well this year,” said Ricciardo.

Ricciardo drove for Red Bull from 2014 and from 2016 to 2018 the Australian was teammates with Verstappen. According to many, the Dutchman is an aggressive driver, but the 32-year-old McLaren driver thinks the Dutchman has now found the right balance. ‘The first years he was too aggressive and that also caused many incidents. I think he has found the right balance as a driver in recent years.”

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