F1 » Alonso and Hamilton praise ‘fantastic’ Ricciardo


Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have both praised Daniel Ricciardo for his “fantastic” performances so far this season

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truthseeker

July 29, 2014 11:31 AM
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Given that SV was driving a car my Grandmother could have won GP's in over the last 4 years, it goes to show what he is really like when he is up against a great driver like DR.
Sadly it also shows had average MW really was, which explains why SV wanted him to stay for so long..

richard

August 03, 2014 6:23 PM

lovef1. the ferrari belonged to berger. berger is an red bull ambassador and one time owner of str. so there should be no surprise at that. also have a look...i dont know if it is on the site mentioned, but marko also droe his old brm, and seb also had a go in it.

LoveF1

August 03, 2014 3:34 PM

Wow cool. I didn't know that teams allowed other drivers to drive their cars :-)

I'll look up that footage. And by the way, I like all of the top drivers, especially those that exhibit a variety of skills and qualities on and off the track. They have flaws, like everybody else, and because they live their lives and ply their trades in the public eye, we are sometimes very tough on them.

But such is life....

Tesla

July 29, 2014 9:52 AM

I remember Alonso praising RIC post German GP interviews, so it proves that RIC made good impression on WC drivers. He delivered great results and handed embarrassment to Seb. Bottas dishing out similar taste to Massa. However, I'm more impressed with Hulkenberg and Kvyat considering their cars and struggles to earn each point!

LoveF1

August 02, 2014 10:44 PM

I'll probably agree :-)

I watched a recent documentary involving John Surtees, where he spoke in detail about Senna and what precision it took to drive those cars back in the day, with manual gear shifts, for lap after lap after lap. In some ways, we may be doing a slight disservice to those drivers you listed earlier, even though they did not win a lot of titles. How do we really know that today's F1 drivers would have fared better in those older versions of F1 cars?? Maybe the top guys now would cope well...Schumie, Alonso, Vettel, etc. Not quite sure about the pay drivers like Maldonado and Chilton lol

But then again, they can handle all the buttons on the modern F1 steering wheel, so they may be able to drive those older cars well :-)

AyrtonSenna

August 02, 2014 7:32 PM

Lovef1, very balanced. I'd have to stick Prost in there with those 2 greats too. If we look at stats, those 3 will be among the first few names that pop up. But as you say a 1.5 litre turbo in 85 compared to a 1.6 turbo with duracells today, and the folk that drive them, cannot be compared. Although I must say the blinding entertainment factor of prost vs senna vs mansell vs piquet vs ballestre (had to stick him in for a laugh), was far superior?

LoveF1

August 02, 2014 6:28 AM

Thanks richard.

And AyrtonSenna,
This is about as balanced as I can be, in response to your question :-)

I would probably say Schumie.......if you take into account his overall achievements, plus the fact that he would probably have gone on to win 9 or 10 titles.....if the FIA had not decided to change the quali rules and also the points system, just to stop him and Ferrari. Of course, the appearance of a young, determined and ferocious Alonso in that bullet-proof Renault also contributed to Schumie only winning 7 titles.

Others reserve the right to disagree with me, of course. Senna probably did not enjoy the level of "total support" that Schumie received at Ferrari (in terms of their very effective 1-2 driver policy, plus their technical dream team) and some would also argue that the level of opposition that Schumie experienced from his competitors (eg Coulthard, Rubens, Hill, Herbert) was not as tough as that Senna experienced from Prost and Mansell, etc.

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