Ricciardo does not fit in 2014 Red Bull cockpit and other silly season stories

Mate, this thing's too tight for my bum....

Mate, this thing’s too tight….

Even before his 2014 seat has been confirmed, Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull career may already have hit it’s first hurdle.

Speed Week, and Italy’s authoritative Autosprint, report that the Australian has been at Milton-Keynes for a seat-fitting in the 2014-spec RB10.

Designer Adrian Newey is known for his tight-fitting cockpits, and the packaging is reportedly even more problematic for 2014 given the new turbo V6 and ‘ERS’ regulations.

And while Ricciardo is slightly shorter than his Australian compatriot Mark Webber, the European media reports reveal that his hips are slightly wider than Webber’s and world champion Sebastian Vettel’s.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda sees another problem with Red Bull’s apparent decision to sign Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo watches over Sebstian Vettel and Mark Webber

Daniel Ricciardo watches over Sebstian Vettel and Mark Webber

“Out of the new generation, Ricciardo is the driver with the most potential,” the Mercedes chairman said in an interview with Bild newspaper.

“But at the moment no one knows if that potential is really enough. So it’s a risk,” said Lauda.

Another Formula 1 grandee considering taking a risk for 2014 is Ferrari. According to recent reports, talks with Nico Hulkenberg about replacing Felipe Massa are underway.

“Hulkenberg is not bad,” said Lauda, “but I think he needs another year. And Ferrari doesn’t have time to waste.”

The great Austrian said that if he was in charge at Ferrari, he would sign Kimi Raikkonen.

“He would give the team a boost, just as Lewis Hamilton has done at Mercedes,” said Lauda.

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso

“At Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo decides alone. Alonso would certainly not like [Raikkonen as his teammate], but Ferrari does have a problem: if the car is not good, Alonso complains all day.

“If I was Montezemolo, I would pick Kimi,” he added.

Finally, Lauda said the fact that Nico Rosberg has been able to keep up with Mercedes’ new recruit Hamilton in 2013 was a surprise.

Asked if Hamilton’s 2013 title bid has been a surprise, Lauda answered: “No, as I knew that he would give the team a boost.

“What has surprised me is that Nico has been at eye-level. Nico has had more bad luck, but as far as the speed, they’re … the same,” he added. (GMM)

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  • Torque

    Daniel’s got those child bearing hips.

  • Kimi’s hips don’t lie

    Did Adrian Newey eyeball kimi’s hips for the RB10?
    There you go Mr. Mateschitz and Helmut Marko.
    The guru has spoken. Kimi’s hips dont lie.

  • lawl

    Kimi’s hips dont lie.

  • Adam

    Leave me alone, I know what my hips are doing! Yea yea yea…

  • The_Spaghetti_Incident

    Always suspected Danny boy was a hipster!

  • Boycottthebull

    So the infalable Newey made a simple gaff as that oh my! Ricciardo is hardly fat by any means. He should have asked marko how big Vettels bum was he certainly is kissing it often enough.

    Will someone over at Mercedes gag that old fool Lauda. Nothing like boosting your drivers and teams moral like saying they dont have a chance. Stupid moronic old fool. (Try calling Kimi a wimp to his face Nikki?)

  • johans

    I recall a story many years ago about a driver contemplating shortening his legs by surgery ( Alexander Wurz i believe ) ! Also , Mansell not fitting into the McLaren after returning from Indy cars ( probably bs)