Red Bull Racing almost certainly wasn’t going to be shaking up its Formula One lineup for 2015, and team principal Christian Horner said Thursday that it’s not in the cards.
Daniel Ricciardo’s on a long-term contract anyway, but Horner said the team is sure it will keep the young Australian on board for 2015.
“We have always believed in stability and continuity,” Horner told Autosport’s Jonathan Noble. “Daniel is on a long-term contract with the team and it will be highly unlikely he will be anywhere else next year – unless of course Ferrari are chasing him as well [as rumors it is pursuing Adrian Newey].
“I cannot speak highly enough of what Daniel has done in the first five races.”
Horner did toss out a hand grenade to end the interview though, comparing Ricciardo to countryman Mark Webber in terms of how much easier it is to manage Ricciardo than Webber.
“It is a walk in the park compared to previous years,” Horner quipped.
Ricciardo finally earned his first career podium last weekend in Spain, with third place albeit some 50-plus seconds behind the Mercedes teammates. It was a nice recovery after Melbourne, when he was disqualified from second.
Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).
So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.
Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.
“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.
“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”
The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.
Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.
Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago: