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F1 world champion destroys Daniel Ricciardo’s chances of getting a drive for 2023 and says nearly HALF of Aussie’s career was ‘terrible’
- Jacques Villeneuve describes almost half of Daniel Ricciardo’s career as ‘terrible’
- Former F1 world champion not surprised Ricciardo is not wanted by teams
- Villeneuve is critical of the Aussie potentially leaving the sport for a year
Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has provided a brutal assessment of Daniel Ricciardo’s career, saying nearly half were ‘terrible’ and wondering why any team would chase the Aussie’s signature.
Ricciardo’s last four seasons in Formula 1 have been disappointing to say the least and he is currently 14th in the championship standings with just 19 points.
The unwanted 33-year-old was recently ousted by McLaren in favor of compatriot Oscar Piastri, despite having one more season to run on his massive $20 million-a-year contract, leaving him with no place on the grid for 2023.
Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has made a brutal assessment of Daniel Ricciardo’s career, saying nearly half of it was ‘terrible’
Ricciardo (pictured after failing to finish at the Italian Grand Prix) has had a rough time during his last four seasons of Formula 1
With options drying up quickly, Ricciardo has been linked with Williams and Haas, while it was recently revealed that the Perth driver could also take a 12-month sabbatical.
When asked if he was surprised the embattled Aussie wasn’t picked up by a team, Villeneuve’s response was blunt.
“Why would he be?” the 1997 world champion told F1 TV.
He had two terrible years at Renault and two more terrible years at McLaren. That’s four years. Almost half of his Formula 1 career was bad.
“Alpine has no reason to take him, especially if he’s been there before.
“The modern cars just don’t seem to suit his driving style.
Villeneuve says modern cars don’t suit Ricciardo’s driving style
“He was impressive at Red Bull. He showed great overtaking maneuvers. He was ahead of Max in the beginning. But eventually Max started to get a grip on him.
‘Then he switched. And after the switch, something seems to have happened that he never got to grips with. He never recovered from that.’
Villeneuve was also critical of the idea of Ricciardo being out of the sport for a year and returning in 2024.
“It might make him lazy,” he explained.
“You can take a year off if you’re an Alonso, a Schumacher, if you’ve been world champion and won a lot of races, if you know in the paddock that you will always be your best no matter what season. Don’t do that after four bad years.
Villeneuve was critical of the idea of Ricciardo being out of the sport for a year and returning in 2024, saying it could make the Aussie “lazy”.
“You take what you can get. If you have an offer to drive in Formula 1, you take every cockpit. In public you say you don’t want to drive for one of the back teams, but if that’s the only contract you can get, then you sign it.”
The Aussie has been linked with Haas, but director Guenther Steiner emphasized Ricciardo’s lack of form when asked about his chances of joining the F1 team.
“I’ve talked to most of the potential drivers, which is my job,” he said at Monza.
“Nothing is concrete yet, but we only want to take the smallest risks for the development of the team. You can take a big risk, which is great when it works, but it’s bad when it doesn’t work.
Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner emphasized Ricciardo’s lack of form when asked about his chances of joining the F1 team
‘There aren’t any’ [experienced and technical drivers] that are currently on the market. Except maybe Daniel, but his form isn’t great right now and we don’t know what he’s going to do. He might be out for a year.
The F1 season will resume on October 2 at the Singapore Grand Prix.