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Daniel Ricciardo slams former teammate in pick of most underrated driver - EXCLUSIVE | F1 | F1 | Sport

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When asked to pick the most underrated driver on the F1 grid, Daniel Ricciardo decided not to pick a past or current teammate. He then threw his support behind AlphaTauri’s Pierre Guthrie, who worked hard to restore his reputation.

Gasly was called up to Red Bull from then-Toro Rosso three years ago, but his tenure with the F1 heavyweight team lasted only 12 grands prix. Teaming with Max Verstappen, the Frenchman struggled to adapt to changing expectations and was quickly sent back to where he came from.

The 26-year-old enjoys fighting back and has finished in the top 10 of the Drivers’ Championship for the past two consecutive seasons. Even though he has run alongside dark horses such as Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg in the past, Ricciardo believes Gasly deserves the ‘most underrated’ label.

“Personally, I like Pierre Gasly,” he told Express Sport. “For the record, he’s not the only driver I like. Got a really big chance with , and it was pretty short-lived.

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“He came out on top, but he got knocked down as soon as he got there. He’s still fighting, so he’s showing really good character traits, really good resilience. Through it all , he could actually win a race in 2020..he did get some podiums, so I think he came back even stronger when everyone wrote him off.

“I like him, so I’m happy with him as a person, but as a competitor I respect that. It’s hard to get to the top, but it’s even harder to stay there. He’s 12 It’s been a pretty big roller coaster in months, and please know that I’ve bounced back from being canceled really well.”

Gasly’s future at AlphaTauri is relatively optimistic, but Ricciardo himself is in a precarious situation and McLaren is rumored to win F2 star Oscar Piastri in 2023. As a result, Gasly could be sent to Alpine. He kept his shock switch to Martin Aston hidden until the official press announced his release.

Ricciardo previously claimed he was committed to confirming a deal with McLaren that runs until the end of next season, and addressed the speculation directly last month with a statement on social media. There have been many rumors, but I want you to hear from me,” he said. twitter.

“I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year, [I] Stay away from sports. [I] It hasn’t always been easy, but who wants it to be easy?

“I will work with the team to make improvements, get the car in place and put it back in place. I want this more than ever. See you at Le Castellet. Daniel.

Ricciardo spoke at the start of the McLaren Turbo Series at PartyPoker in collaboration with McLaren Racing. McLaren’s full schedule for his Turbo series can be found on his website at PartyPoker.