Max Verstappen does not believe that Red Bull would be better off this season if Daniel Ricciardo's race for the Red Bulls team is better.
Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull earlier this season to move to Renault, and with Australia's departure, Max Verstappen lost serious competition within the squad, as Pierre Gasly was not behind Red Bull's wheel.
Verstappen doubts that this year's Red Bull would be a better team with Ricciard.
I don't think Red Bull would be any faster with Ricciard. Our problem is that this season our updates didn't work as well as in previous years, and Ferrari overtook us during the season. I may be doing more work this year to find the optimal settings, but Ricciard's departure is certainly not the reason we are not so competitive this year.