“I don’t think it’s that obvious”- Daniel Ricciardo on who should be termed as the driver of the year, as Formula 1 concludes 2020 calendar.
Formula 1 had a roller-coaster of a season this year, and for Daniel Ricciardo, there was no one driver who stood out to be the best driver of the year.
For him, several of his contemporaries rose to the occasion and gave remarkable performances given the resources at their disposal which made him rate them higher, and in the end according to him best driver of 2020? Not obvious.
“I don’t think it’s that obvious,” said Ricciardo as per the Race.com. “Because I think a lot of people stepped up this year. I mean the Mr Consistent at the top, of course, is your Lewis Hamilton. So he’s going to be there, whether it’s first, second, he’s going to be there.”
“Then you go down to Red Bull and Max is always there. So he’s in contention. The way Charles got that Ferrari doing things this year… but then again I feel like probably Charles made more mistakes, so I wouldn’t put him there.”
Pushed for his pick, Ricciardo laughed: “Yeah…probably myself! After all that. It’s hard not picking yourself but it’s also hard picking yourself because you sound like a bit of a douche.
“Put it this way, I would put myself, Max, and Lewis in the top three. But I’d sneak myself a nose in front.”
Lewis Hamilton’s consistency unmatchable
Despite claiming that Hamilton had the best resources on the grid is also complemented by the fact that how consistent he has been over the past six seasons.
“He’s normally nailing his starts, he’s clean, he just executes well when it counts,” said Ricciardo. “And I think that really separates the good and the great in this sport.”
“A lot of drivers can be quick on a Friday practice, but are they quick in Q3 on Saturday when it counts? You can have all the talent in the world but if you don’t shine under the lights then what’s it good for?”