F1 »

F1 Spanish GP: Horner: Verstappen, Ricciardo strongest pairing for future

Christian Horner believes the pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo gives Red Bull the strong line-up on the grid for future.
Christian Horner has explained the reasons behind the swapping of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen between Red Bull and Toro Rosso and feels with the Dutch teenager partnering Daniel Ricciardo he has potentially the strongest driver combination on the grid for future seasons.

The Red Bull team principal says the squad has undergone detailed and lengthy analysis on the performance of all of its drivers and says promoting Verstappen above Kvyat ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix was important to give him enough time to adapt to the car and team.

Horner saw the switch as key to secure Verstappen's long-term future with potential suitors Ferrari mooting an interest in the Dutch star while also securing a potent driver line-up over the next couple of seasons.

“I think you always want to put your best foot forward and have the most competitive driver lineup you can possibly have,” Horner said. “A Ricciardo-Verstappen line-up, for me, potentially is one of, if not the, strongest pairing of future years.

“Of course that depends on how things pan out and develop, and with the regulation change coming for next year and with power units hopefully converging, that provides some great opportunities for this team over the next couple of seasons.

“Make no mistake about it, Verstappen's one of the hottest properties in Formula One at this present time. It's only natural that other teams will show interest in a driver that's demonstrating his kind of ability and talent. I think this move also kills off the driver market regarding Red Bull drivers, certainly for the foreseeable future.”

After securing Verstappen for 'multiple years' Horner also shrugged off the suggestion he's too young and inexperienced to be stepping up to a championship contender and feels his exploits wit Toro Rosso in his rookie F1 season and the opening four races this year act as sufficient evidence he is ready for the switch.

“Certain people said it was too early when he came in at 16,” he explained. “I think he's proved to be one of the most exciting things about Formula One currently in the paddock.

“He's demonstrated he's got a great amount of natural talent, a great natural ability, he can overtake and he can race. He's got an awful lot to learn but he's got a very mature head on young shoulders and certainly everything I've seen about his development has impressed me enormously. I think that curve will continue.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
01.04.2016 - Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
30.04.2016 - Free Practice 3, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.