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Published: 15:28 | 20/5/16

Ricciardo welcomes Verstappen rivalry


Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to his battle with team-mate Max Verstappen, believing their rivalry will push them both on.

Verstappen enjoyed a dream start to his Red Bull career when he won the Spanish Grand Prix in just his first race since being promoted to Red Bull from junior team Toro Rosso.

Ricciardo believes his arrival will provide him with the motivation he needs to take the next step in his career and is relishing the challenge of racing alongside the Dutch teenager.

"Max is a serious F1 driver and that’s actually really good for me. It’s definitely a good motivation. I said when I joined Red Bull and I came up against Seb [Vettel] that I wanted to come up against the best and challenge myself. Now Max is the newest challenge for me and I think he’s a big one," Ricciardo said.

"In a way I think that it’s good that he’s having this success because if I can get on top of that then it’s only good for me and probably for both of our careers."

Ricciardo had led for 30 laps in Spain but a three-stop strategy saw him drop down to fourth behind Verstappen and both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

"It’s a tough one. Part of me is happy that the team is winning again, and I think part of me is happy that everyone is super motivated and confidence is high. So that’s obviously a positive I’m trying to draw myself to," the Australian said in an interview with Red Bull.

"But obviously from a personal side [Spain] was massively frustrating. Sure it’s a team sport but you are doing it for yourself as well, and it’s as individual as it is team and that balance is a tricky one to try to always try and manage. But obviously from a personal side it’s still a hard one to take."

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