Ricciardo prepared for Ocon risk, doesn’t anticipate clashes
Daniel Ricciardo says he’s prepared for the risk that Esteban Ocon will pose as his Renault teammate however doesn’t anticipate to have an explosive relationship with the Frenchman.
Ocon has impressed in his Method 1 profession so far however had a tough relationship together with his then-Pressure India teammate Sergio Perez because the pair usually clashed on observe. He was additionally concerned in a controversial collision with Max Verstappen in Brazil in direction of the tip of 2018, however Ricciardo says different incidents don’t have any bearing on his relationship with Ocon.
“I’m undoubtedly coming into it with a contemporary method and I don’t wish to lay any guidelines down from day one, as a result of I believe already that may create a stress in itself like, ‘Oh so that you’re anticipating one thing,’” Ricciardo mentioned. “Like his relationship with Perez, clearly they they got here to blows a couple of occasions and it’s just a little bit like once I joined Purple Bull — Mark (Webber) and (Sebastian) Vettel got here to blows a couple of occasions, so lots of people have been like, ‘Are you going to have blows with Vettel?’ However the best way I noticed it was, ‘Mark and Vettel have their very own relationship; that’s not my relationship so I want to determine one thing with him.’
“It’s a bit like Perez and Ocon and me and Ocon. Possibly he had his issues prior to now, even with Max, however I have to create one thing for myself with him. So I’m not going to return in with any sort of concepts or hesitations. I’m ready for competitors, however I’m not ready for enjoyable and video games. If down the observe enjoyable and video games seem, then I’ll take care of it on the time however I believe I’m actually coming in with an open thoughts and positivity, versus, ‘Oh s**t, when’s he gonna blow up?’ I’m not pondering like that.
“I have to construct one thing with him and I’ve each intention of constructing one thing constructive. For certain on Sundays we’re going to race it out and perhaps we’ll bang wheels sooner or later, however our greatest intention to attempt to get this workforce in a great place earlier than they begin shedding power centered on managing us. They they should handle a greater race automotive.”
For his half, Ocon says he doesn’t wish to repeat the scenario he had at Pressure India, believing his relationship with Ricciardo is already in a greater place to keep away from too many difficulties.
“What occurred at Pressure India just isn’t one thing I would like once more,” Ocon mentioned. “It was not a pleasant environment. We had respect, me and Checo, and it didn’t decelerate the workforce or something however the environment between us was not so good. On observe we got here shut too many occasions, that was clear, and that was not good. It’s not one thing I wish to do once more.
“Undoubtedly the environment is quite a bit higher between me and Daniel than it was with Checo, so if we are able to hold working like that, although it’s going to be completely different on observe, it’s going to be quite a bit higher for everybody to have a constructive power and an incredible working atmosphere. Hopefully we’re going to be strong on that matter and be capable of push the workforce ahead.
“However no, we don’t wish to have that occuring. In fact it will possibly at all times occur at first or one thing, however in a race prefer it occurred it was not acceptable.”