Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo has said he is prepared for mind games
with all of the top drivers in Formula 1, adding that he "would not put it
past" Max Verstappen to create "fireworks".
Red Bull will be trying to establish themselves as a major
competitor straight from the off at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend and,
along the way, Ricciardo is expecting tension to build between all the big
"To be honest, yes. But it's not only Max,” Ricciardo
told ESPN when quizzed on whether Verstappen might try to employ some mind
"I think any of us who really believes we can win has
that in us. You need that in a way and it's not being a bad sport.
“It’s not cheating, it's just that ruthless streak that
every winner has in them.
“I think Max, Seb, Lewis, Fernando, all the top guys in the
sport have that in them.
But Ricciardo did state that Verstappen does have the
ability to stir things up and is ready for the showdown should it arise.
He added: "I wouldn't put it past him [Verstappen] if
the situation comes up; maybe things will change, maybe there will be some
“But if I'm prepared for it at least it's not a surprise if
it does happen. It's not like I'm expecting it, but I'll be prepared if it