Ricciardo, who’ll go on to Renault at 20-19 , scored two wins early on in the season, at China and Monaco respectively however the rest of his season was marred by misfortune and he also finished a distant sixth in the championship standings.
In comparison, Verstappen recovered out of a tough start to this year to relish his strongest f-1 campaign to date, finishing fourth at the championship, winning at Austria and Mexico and asserting 11 podiums overall.
Ricciardo confessed that watching his team mate gain momentum was initially a source of pity , but that his working mechanisms was supposed to quit comparing statistics between the two.
“I think I need to a spot, probably across the Mid Season break, at which I simply did not take care of the stats ,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com.
“I knew I was probably going to get done in qualifying this year, who cares? I may wind up with fewer points, who cares?
“I simply want to do what I can and if it works, it works and if it does not life continues. Naturally, I’d care, but it had been only I did not want to put it.
“I already had so many different things on my mind. I didn’t need to fill it using expectations.
“If I did the best job I could: maybe I could beat him if not, therefore be it I’ll live to fight another day”
Ricciardo did not evaluate a podium after his Monaco success and suffered five retirements in the 1-5 races that followed closely, along together with different grands prix affected by reliability problems tripping grid penalties.
But, Ricciardo asserts that his period of victory, which comprised the Azerbaijan crash together with Verstappen, was perfect.
“If you see it, I won two of six, however with one other four honestly, there was some drama,” he explained.
“In Melbourne, I had a punishment before the season began, therefore that I was already ready to put my fricking elbow through a wall.
In China, I win in type of an amazing fashion.
“Then there is Baku, and most of us know very well what happened in Baku. In Barcelona, I spun supporting the safety car and then in Monaco I won.
“As good as the first six races were, it kind of shaped the whole year so and craziness has continued”
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14