Ricciardo's gain is Verstappen's pain, admits Horner

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Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner admits that Daniel Ricciardo's win on Sunday only added to the weight of Max Verstappen's frustrations.

The young Dutchman retired after just ten laps with an engine failure while has was racing at the front in Baku.

Ricciardo and Verstappen are at the opposite of each other on the luck spectrum, with the Aussie making the most of Sunday's chaotic race to clinch his fifth career win while Verstappen suffered a fourth DNF in six races. 

"Right here and now, he's enormously frustrated," said Horner about the 19-year-old's persistent disappointments.

"But what compounds that is that his teammate has been getting podiums and now a victory.

"But you can see it is through no fault of the team or the effort the team is putting in."

But Horner thinks it's all par for the course as drivers typically go through bad luck cycles. he also believes Verstappen's fortunes will turn around sooner rather than later, and perhaps in a big way. 

"He's had a few rough races, where things haven't gone his way, but I just get the feeling that there's a big result just around the corner for him," he said.

"He’s driving so well at the moment, he’s really stepped it up a gear. He’s had a run of bad luck, that will turn - it always does." 

"He's a very mature 19-year-old. He's obviously hungry for success and he feels it, which is probably a good thing.

"He'll grow in his career from this current experience that's been tremendously frustrating for him and he'll come out even stronger - I’ve got no doubt about that." 

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