Daniel Ricciardo was keen to heap praise upon the returning Dane, Kevin Magnussen, when working to tactically avoid a question about whether or not he would miss Pastor Maldonado on the grid in 2016.
After first electing to ‘rib’ this writer’s pronunciation of Pastor (Past OR not Past A as it turns out) through a carbohydrate based pun, Ricciardo commented that rather than give comment on a driving leaving the grid he felt it more appropriate to congratulate Magnussen on making his return.
“Driver’s don’t make it to the podium by chance, to do it on your début is something very special’ remarked Ricciardo, referencing Magnussen’s F1 début at the Australian GP in 2014 for Mclaren Mercedes.
Ricciardo went on to compliment Magnussen saying he was a fair racer and he looked forward to on track battles with the driver through the 2016 season.
Kevin Magnussen is returning to F1 this year with the Renault Sport F1 Team, after leaving the Mclaren Honda team at the end of 2015.