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Ricciardo admits to Verstappen envy

10th August 2019, 13:29 by Neil Foster

Daniel Ricciardo admits he would love to be behind the wheel of Max Verstappen's Red Bull but does not regret his move to Renault.

Ricciardo, 30, moved to Renault after five years racing for Red Bull and has yet to pull up any trees for his new team.

The Australian has managed four top-10 finishes en route to 11th in the mid-season standings, with 22 points to his name.

That is in stark contrast to Verstappen, who has two grands prix victorious under his belt and is pushing Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas for second place in the standings.

Lewis Hamilton is way out in front and in line for a sixth Formula 1 title, and it may be that the race for second spot is the most interesting tussle during the second half of the campaign.

Ricciardo will just try to garner as many points as possible, and while refusing to admit his switch of team was a mistake, he confessed to a touch of jealousy at Verstappen's car.

"I watched the onboard of Max and it looked pretty planted, and with the Honda [engine] they are doing well," he said. "It's a big contrast of where I am and where he is, so I don't want to say that's hard to take, but I'd rather be where he is than where I am.

"But equally I still don't regret anything 12 months down the track."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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