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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo: Verstappen a better racer than Norris

Daniel Ricciardo has said that he thinks his former teammate Max Verstappen is a better racer than current teammate Lando Norris.

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Daniel Ricciardo has said that he feels former teammate Max Verstappen is a better racer than current McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

Ricciardo was teammates with Verstappen at Red Bull Racing between 2016 and 2018, with the two remaining friendly despite occasional on-track clashes.

Now teamed up with Lando Norris at McLaren, the Australian said he still feels Verstappen is a stronger racer overall.

"I mean, I have to say Max," when asked whether he'd give the nod to Verstappen or Norris.

Speaking to Trevor Long from EFTM.com, Ricciardo said, "But it's probably just based off I've had more experience with him."

Ricciardo went on to praise Norris for his tremendous race at Imola, with the McLaren driver taking his second podium finish by finishing third behind Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

"But I mean, judging by like the last weekend at Imola, Lando certainly raced really well."

Ricciardo acknowledged that Norris currently has the measure of him on-track, with the British driver finishing ahead in Bahrain and Imola. Having been told to move out of the way of his teammate at Imola, Ricciardo said he has the maturity nowadays to know when to pick his battles.

"The competitor in me is like, obviously, I want to stay in front. But, it's just like maturity and experience now, but I acknowledge that basically, I wasn't quick enough. And I think I'm my biggest critic. So in my head, I'm like, if I was quick enough, I would have pulled away and not been in that position

"So it's not like the team was holding me back so that Lando could have that position? It was all on me. And obviously, I'm not up to speed yet as much as I want. So, yeah, just take that one on the chin and figure out a way to be better, as opposed to jump up and down. And I certainly don't want to create any friction in the team, in race two, that's for sure."

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