Villeneuve responds to Ricciardo's immature behavior during Canadian GP.

Ricciardo believes the F1 champion has sustained multiple head injuries from playing ice hockey.

June 11th 2024.

Villeneuve responds to Ricciardo's immature behavior during Canadian GP.
Daniel Ricciardo finds himself in a tough spot as he fights to secure his future in the world of Formula 1. Things have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped for this season and the pressure is mounting. Adding fuel to the fire, former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve has not been shy about sharing his criticisms of Ricciardo, even going so far as to question why he's still a part of the sport.

The tension between the two has been simmering for some time, but it reached a boiling point during the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend. Villeneuve, serving as a guest pundit for Sky Sports, took the opportunity to air his grievances with Ricciardo's career choices on live TV. This left fans both stunned and divided, unsure of whose side to take in the heated debate.

Ricciardo, however, refused to let Villeneuve's words get the best of him. Instead, he let his driving do the talking, putting in an impressive performance during qualifying and ultimately finishing in eighth place in the race. But when asked about Villeneuve's comments, he couldn't resist firing back with some choice words of his own. He dismissed the criticism as "s**t" and even took a jab at Villeneuve's own career decline, suggesting that he may have taken one too many hits to the head from his time playing ice hockey.

But Villeneuve wasn't about to let Ricciardo have the last word. In an interview with, he continued to stand by his initial comments, calling Ricciardo a "hot potato" and emphasizing that while he may be protected by his team and fans, the scoreboard doesn't lie. He also criticized Ricciardo's unprofessional and childish behavior, questioning his role as a role model for younger fans.

Despite his strong showing in Canada, Ricciardo's hopes of staying in F1 took a hit when Red Bull passed on the opportunity to re-sign him and instead extended Sergio Perez's contract. With his teammate Yuki Tsunoda also securing a long-term deal and promising Red Bull junior Liam Lawson waiting in the wings, Ricciardo may have to rely on his friendship with team principal Christian Horner to secure his future in the sport.

Villeneuve couldn't help but express his confusion and frustration with Ricciardo's perceived "aura" and lack of results. He emphasized that while it may be tough to hear, the truth is that Ricciardo has not lived up to expectations and needs to step up his game if he wants to continue competing at the highest level of F1.

As the season continues and the pressure mounts for Ricciardo to prove himself, it remains to be seen whether he can rise to the challenge and secure his spot in the world of Formula 1.

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