Defending world champions, Red Bull Racing closed its doors on Friday for Formula 1 mid-season break, the team’s speedy Daniel Ricciardo clocked off on a high.
Other than Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Ricciardo is the only driver to have taken the chequered flag this season with wins in Canada and Hungary also the third place in the drivers’ championship.
The secret to his success? Well, behind his happy-go-lucky demeanor lies a core of steely determination.
“You see me happy and easygoing but there is definitely a ruthless side to me,” Ricciardo explained to CNN at the start of the season.
“I do get peed off, I do love competition and I hate losing – I always have. As a kid, I had fights with friends over losing video games.”
“The team noticed a bit more of a confidence about me,” Ricciardo told CNN. “I’m coming with a very hungry mentality.”
“I’ve been surprised at how quickly he got to grips with the RB10,” his race engineer Simon Rennie told the Red Bull Racing website in Hungary.
“He’s also impressed me with how well he can instinctively find the performance limit of the car very quickly.”
And so to the second Ricciardo revelation of 2014.
Red Bull returns to work on August 18, Vettel will be intent on surprising his teammate in the remaining eight races, while Ricciardo is eager to burnish his brilliant season. Mercedes may be motoring to the titles, but Red Bull and Ricciardo are still