Daniel Ricciardo obliterated by Jacques Villeneuve as he asks why Aussie is 'still in F1'

Daniel Ricciardo has been obliterated by former driver Jacques Villeneuve as he asks why the Aussie is still in F1.

Red Bull chose opted not to sign Ricciardo fir next season, instead opting to extend Sergio Perez's contract. Appearing on Sky Sports ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Villeneuve provided a savage assessment of Ricciardo's career, which has also seen him behind the wheel for Renault, McLaren and AlphaTauri.

Villeneuve accused Ricciardo of always making excuses and demanding improvements to apparently sub par cars. He says that maybe works when you have an outstanding record like Lewis Hamilton, but not a driver with Ricciardo's CV. "Why’s he still in F1? Why?’ He asked. "We are hearing the same thing now for the last four or five years, 'We have to make the car better for him. Poor him'. Sorry, it’s been five years of that. No, you are in F1.

"Maybe you make that effort for Lewis Hamilton whose won multiple championships. You don’t make that effort for a driver who can’t cut it. If you can’t cut it, go home, there’s someone else to take your place. That’s how it’s always been in racing, it’s the pinnacle of the sport.

"There’s no reason to keep going and to keep finding excuses, and you all talk about that first season or first two seasons, he was beating a [Sebastian] Vettel that was burnt out, that was trying to invent things with the car to go win and just making a mess of his weekends.

"Then he was beating for half-a-season [Max] Verstappen when Verstappen was 18-years-old, just starting, that was it, he stopped beating anyone after that. I think his image has kept him in F1 more than his actual results."