Verstappen’s title win would have a ‘feel-good’ factor – Ricciardo

In the roundup: Daniel Ricciardo says he doesn’t support any of the world championship contenders, but suspects one of them would be a more popular winner.

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Verstappen would be the popular champion – Ricciardo

Ricciardo, who was Max Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull between 2016 and 2018, believes he would be a more popular world champion this year than Lewis Hamilton, who has won the last four consecutive titles.

“I just sort of think ‘the best wins’,” Ricciardo said when asked if he had a preference between either of the title contenders.

“The rivalry they’ve had this year has been pretty impressive, as a fan. I think they left it all out. So from that point of view I think they’re where they are, I think that’s right for now in terms of nip-and-tuck. So no preference.

“I think obviously people like to see a new face, so maybe Max is the most popular vote because it would be a first title for him and it’s something new and exciting for everyone. So it’s always like you have this feel-good thing.

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“But I think as long as there’s no misfortune involved, then I think the guy who wins is the one who is going to deserve it.”

Formula 2 to help teams meet the cost of the record calendar

After announcing the longest F2 schedule in the series’ 17-year history and its predecessor GP2, CEO Bruno Michel said the teams would be assisted in dealing with the rising costs they face. As F2 moves from triples to doubles next year, the number of heats will almost double from eight to 14.

“Many circuits have expressed interest in having our championship added to their weekend racing schedule, but for cost reasons we cannot increase the number of heats more than we have already done” , said Michel. “This schedule will of course lead to an increase in the budgets of our teams, but we will support them so that they are able to manage the additional costs.

Ricciardo’s NASCAR race confirmed

Ricciardo will have his promised race in ex-Dale Earnhardt 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR from team CEO Zak Brown at next week’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Brown promised Ricciardo in the race as a prize for his first podium for the team, which he got with his victory in the Italian Grand Prix.

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