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Ricciardo: No excuses, we just don’t like losing

Daniel Ricciardo says that there is no problem with morale at Red Bull Racing, despite admitting that no-one in the team is happy with its recent run of results.

Daniel Ricciardo insists that there are no bad losers in the Red Bull Racing camp, despite claims that the team is acting just a little spoilt as its run of title success recedes further into the past.

With its Renault engine largely uncompetitive against the similar new-era V6 turbos of Mercedes and Ferrari, RBR has found itself in the awkward position of having to search for a powerplant for 2016, having been spurned by the 'big two' and seemingly burned its bridges with some ill-advised public criticism of its French partner. With a deal seemingly hard to come by, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has touted the threat of withdrawal, adding to the widely-held impression that RBR is handling its recent spell of adversity badly.

Ricciardo, however, begs to differ, claiming that the team retains its usual spirit and motivation, and is doing all it can to get back to the top of the pile.

“Some fans see it as being spoiled because, now we aren't winning, we are complaining,” the Australian commented, “but I don't think it is excuses - we just don't like losing.

“The team got used to winning for four or five years but, for me, that's a sign of a true team. You do become addicted to the success and you are not happy when you don't have it. The mechanics are all competitive - they do training and they run nearly every night around the track, so they already have that aspect in them. It is just a good bunch of people, very feisty and very competitive to succeed. Maybe the image of Red Bull as well, I don't know how to describe it, but the image of the brand… you always want to be the best.”

With the 2015 F1 titles already long since settled in Mercedes' favour, Red Bull is currently mired in fourth place in the team standings, 71 points behind Williams and 60 ahead of Force India, with Ricciardo engaged in an intriguing intra-team battle for seventh overall with Daniil Kvyat just four points ahead of him. While there may not be much silverware on offer, the three-time race winner insists that there is no trouble anyone getting up for the fight.

“I still see everyone motivated,” he maintained, “I am still motivated and, while it is a bit more sad leaving on a Sunday night and not having a trophy to show for it, I think we can reset quickly.

“We come to each race with the same motivation and I am still excited. It is hard to come to a race and not think we are going to win, but I think you then set yourself other challenges to keep you motivated. We have got challenges now to keep fourth in the constructors' and for me to keep finishing in front of Daniil.

Mateschitz's threat to pull RBR out of F1 could have longer-term threats for both Ricciardo and the other Red Bull drivers, but the Aussie, while not being able to offer concrete assurances, is optimistic that a deal will be sorted to keep himself and the team on the grid.

“There are no developments yet and that is the truth,” he insisted, “The longer it gets, the more difficult it becomes, but I probably have more confidence that we will be on the grid than I had before. I believe we will be there because everyone wants to be. It's just knowing what we are going to be there with...”



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here4thesun2

November 09, 2015 7:45 PM

107SS2009: Here4, As I said, the list is long, thanks for taking the time and managing to post it, it will be of help to those interested in actual facts. MickeyOne, dishonesty, working underhand, laying, circumnavigating the rules was always part of their DNA, ITS in their blood. go try trace and read "a red bull powered red bull" (somers F1)
Thanks, wringing the info from the FIA document. The article you posted is a must-read. I just scanned it quickly and will need to come back to it to digest it properly. Lots of info and insight. Even contains the phrase 'the plot thickens'. Just need to be able separate the bull from what is read.

richard

November 10, 2015 9:27 AM

72SS1943: 107) This has nothing to do with FIA/FOM Rules and conditions, it is only between Renault and RBR and it is a standard contract action. If anybody is to blame at this stage it is Renault but a court case would be needed to prove this. With regards to Renault they are trying to protect themselves as the are required to supply engines by the FIA. Please take your rose coloured Renault glasses off and see reality.
actually (and i too was mistaken) there is NO requirement to supply any team other than their own team. there is only a rule that you cannot supply more than three teams, but NO minimum.



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