The Australian Grand Prix Corporation podcast In the Fast Lane has released this week’s episode with special guest, former Formula 1® driver, World Endurance Championship racer and Sky Sports analyst Paul Di Resta
Di Resta joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to discuss all things F1®, including the driver moves for next season. Speaking about Ricciardo’s move to McLaren in 2021, Di Resta said a shock return to Red Bull next year might have been the best move for both parties.
“Sometimes you need to go away, you need to refocus, but I actually think he would have been more suited to go back there, because he knew Max, he knew Red Bull, he fits the brand, they deliver at the front,” said Di Resta.
Di Resta also thought Ricciardo was the obvious choice to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, rather than Carlos Sainz.
“I would probably say (Daniel) was more of a fit (than Carlos Sainz) when I see what Ferrari need at the moment, purely because they need race winners,” Di Resta said.
“There’s quite a lot of media attention and quite a lot of weight to put on themselves… undoubtedly Carlos is a very quick driver, you cannot deny that… but I think it was a shock to see where (Ferrari) went.”
Di Resta said if Red Bull decided to move on and replace Alexander Albon at some point, they would need to look outside of their emerging driver program.
“Well I think to be honest if they were going to replace Albon at any point I think they probably would look outside their system,” said Di Resta. “It’s Albon’s seat to lose. If he delivers the results, he’ll keep it. They’ve very much got an arm around him, they’re protecting him, they’re giving him the best opportunity they can… but the reality is it depends on what’s on the timesheet at the end of the session and where the results end up.”