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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo reflects on relationship with Marko since Red Bull exit

Despite an F1 career spent largely in the midfield since leaving Red Bull in 2018, Daniel Ricciardo says he and Helmut Marko still have the same relationship as in the Australian's days with the drinks-backed squad.

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Daniel Ricciardo says there have been no hard feelings between himself and Helmut Marko in the four years since the Australian elected to leave Red Bull.

Ricciardo surprised many in the F1 paddock in mid-2018 when he announced that he would be moving from the race-winning Red Bull outfit to the mid-table Renault team for 2019.

After two solid but winless seasons at Enstone, Ricciardo then switched to McLaren in 2021, and though he scored the Woking squad's first win in over eight years at the Italian Grand Prix, the Australian has generally struggled to match the pace of teammate Lando Norris.

But despite Red Bull finishing ahead of Renault and McLaren in every season since Ricciardo's departure from the team, the Australian insists that his relationship with Red Bull Special Advisor Marko – who is known within F1 for his forthright and often controversial opinions – has remained unchanged.

Ricciardo: The relationship with Helmut is the same

"Helmut gave me a lot of sh*t over the years, so he didn't need to [about my decision to leave]," Ricciardo told media including RacingNews365.com.

"After I left, there was no need for that any more.

"Obviously, I have less interaction with Helmut these days, but of course, I would say the relationship is still the same. It's very honest, very Helmut.

"My admiration or respect for the man has remained unchanged.

"He's a good guy, so [there was] no, 'I told you so'. That's part of the sport, and we all move on."

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