Motorsport | Ricciardo the 'form driver of the year' – Webber

RICCIARDO CAN COME BACK: Mark Webber believes Daniel Ricciardo is the form driver of 2016 and is only hampered by mistakes made by his team. Image: AFP/ Guillaume Souvant

Montreal – Plain-talking former F1 driver Mark Webber has named Ferrari as the most disappointing team of 2016.

The Maranello team entered the season upbeat about its chances of bridging the gap to dominant Mercedes, but Webber insisted: “Ferrari have been the most disappointing team so far.

“They haven’t really hit their straps at all, but I predict they’ll get their season underway in Canada,” the former Williams and Red Bull driver said.

Ricciardo must overcome

Speaking to the British publication Somersetlive whilst promoting his autobiography, Webber said he has been more impressed with the 2016 form of his countryman Daniel Ricciardo.

Webber, who now races in sports cars, said: “He’s the form driver of the year in terms of the performances he’s delivering and he can’t do any more than that.”

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Ricciardo was livid after the recent Spanish and Monaco grands prix, suggesting that on both occasions only team mistakes by Red Bull robbed him of victory.

Webber, who drove for Red Bull for seven years until 2013, winning 9 times, added: “It’s part of the game unfortunately, and adversity comes with it.

“You have to take the big right hook on the chin sometimes, which is tough and he’s had a couple of tricky weekends where he feels that he did everything he could. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for a driver when you do everything you can and you don’t get the result that you deserve, which can be frustrating, but he’ll bounce back.” 

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