Ricciardo: If Max asked for help I would be open and honest

Daniel Ricciardo is currently on a high heading to the Canadian Grand Prix, on the back of his fine victory on the streets of Monte-Carlo, but admits he sympathises with his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen who has faced a barrage of criticism amid an incident plagued season thus far.

In the aftermath of Verstappen’s costly shunt late in FP3 at Monaco, Ricciardo backs the young Dutchman to emerge from his current slump and bounce back while offering to help if he was asked for guidance or advice.

Ahead of the grand prix weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Verstappen told journalists that he is fed up with criticism and Ricciardo backed his teammate, “I understand. Because now he is in the spotlight. The FP3 crash was not a small error, but even a small error now, he is probably going to get a little bit picked apart from.”

“There will be times where it is probably going to be frustrating, but at the end of the day it is in his control. He is pretty headstrong. He won’t let it get to him too much. I understand where it is coming from.”

Red Bull team chief Christian Horner suggested that Verstappen need only look the way of his Australian teammate for a good teacher.

Ricciardo took up the angle with reporters in Montreal, “If he was to ask me something, I would happily tell him my position or my point of view. I wouldn’t hide anything from him, it’s the best way.”

“I won’t go up and put my arm around him and say let’s have a talk. I don’t think it is my place. But for sure if he came up and asked me something I would be open and honest. We have a pretty good off-track relationship.”

“Even after Monaco we spoke quite a bit after the race, even Monday we spoke a little bit. And it was more I was encouraging him to come and have a few beers, but he said maybe it is best you drink today and I will just chill out.”

“But yeah he’s OK,” added Ricciardo who has two wins and is third in the championship while Verstappen has yet to win and lies sixth, but has scored less than half the points his teammate has on his scorecard.