Daniel Ricciardo: RB driver gives fiery response to Jacques Villeneuve’s criticism after strong qualifying in Canada | F1 News

Daniel Ricciardo insisted he will not give his critics “the time of day” as he addressed comments made by Sky Sports F1 pundit Jacques Villeneuve at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 world champion, said Friday that Ricciardo’s “image,” rather than his results, has extended the RB driver’s career in the sport.

Ricciardo, an eight-time race winner, was left without a driver in 2023 after McLaren fired him, but returned midway through last season to replace Nyck de Vries in Red Bull’s junior team.

The Australian responded by putting in his best qualifying performance of the season on Saturday, finishing fifth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ricciardo said Sky Sports F1: “I was just told. I don’t listen or read, but yeah, there are definitely some people out there who… yeah, whatever, I won’t give them the time of day.”

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Qualifying highlights for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old then highlighted his strong performance over the weekend and jokingly made a rude comment before pretending to finish his interview with Sky Sports F1’s Rachel Brookes.

“In the top five, I’ve been fast all weekend. We’re less than two tenths off pole, so damn it”

Ricciardo had been overtaken by teammate Yuki Tsunoda on all but one occasion this season before Saturday’s session, while the Japanese driver also holds a 6-1 lead in the race results.

A one-year contract extension for Tsunoda was announced ahead of qualifying in Canada on Saturday, with Ricciardo’s future still up in the air.

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Jacques Villeneuve questions why Daniel Ricciardo is still driving in F1 given his lack of recent success.

“I think this year it hasn’t always been a question of whether I still have the speed to do it, but simply the consistency, which I haven’t been able to show week after week,” Ricciardo. saying.

“It’s definitely been harder, or more than I thought. But I know the speed is there and I’m just taking advantage of it. And I look at myself first.

“You’re always trying to tune the car, but I feel like it’s more about getting to that sweet spot.

“Maybe 10 years ago it was easier. Maybe when you’re a kid, you just jump in and drive, and the older you get, the more things are in your life and they get involved, and maybe they can interfere.

“It’s just about recognizing that and making sure I go into the weekend with a clear head and ready to go.”

Villeneuve: Ricciardo needed the push

Reacting to qualifying in Montreal, Villeneuve insisted that Ricciardo needs to maintain Saturday’s level of performance to prove he deserves to remain in F1.

“Like Christian (Horner) said, he needs the push and the pressure, and it worked. It paid off,” Villeneuve said.

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Both RB drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda say they remain optimistic about their future at Red Bull despite the news that Sergio Perez will continue with the team for another two years.

“It’s working well. The car suits him this weekend and when you have a car that suits you, you drive at your best.”

“That was a good qualifying. If he can continue this weekend like that and do four, five, six more races like this, then he’ll be fine. But like he said, he’s lacked consistency this year.”

“He’s been given opportunities. Even throughout this season, it’s been a difficult season and he keeps getting opportunities. So he needs to show it on the track. Today was a good qualifying. He needs to continue.”

Canadian GP schedule live from Sky Sports F1

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A look back at some of the most dramatic moments of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Sunday June 9
5:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Canadian GP
9:00 p.m.: Checkered flag – Reaction to the Canadian GP
10:00 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook

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