Ricciardo thinks he is better at handling pressure than Vergne 22 September, 2013 Daniel Ricciardo with Jean-Eric Vergne Newly announced Rec Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo thinks that the world champion team chose him over Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne because he is better at dealing with pressure. In fact, Red Bull has said that the young Australian’s slight advantage in experience over Frenchman Vergne tipped the balance in Ricciardo’s favour. Asked the question by the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Ricciardo answered: “Since I have been part of Red Bull, I have always got good results and shown [myself] to be fast. “But I think the differential element was coping with the pressure at the time when we (Ricciardo and Vergne) knew we were being considered (for 2014),” he admitted. “Jean-Eric has suffered a little while I was fine, both on Saturdays and Sundays,” said Ricciardo, who, at 24, is just under a year older than Vergne. But now that he has secured the seat alongside Sebastian Vettel, many believe that Ricciardo may suffer the same fate as the German’s departing teammate Mark Webber — being roundly beaten and slipping into a ‘number 2′ role. “I have no fear at all. I’m not Mark,” Ricciardo said. “The team told me not to be worried; that I will get the same opportunities as Seb.” “They told me to ignore a lot of the things that are said, because most of the time they aren’t true. “And Mark told me to watch out for Sebastian, but from a sporting point of view, because he says [that] he is constantly improving.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsVergne sends timely signal to F1 team bossesToro Rosso: We are very, very pleasedToro Rosso: Disappointing we didn’t bring both cars into Q3Verstappen to make Japan FP1 debut at 16Toro Rosso: Not a bad day for usVergne: I am alone right now with no help from Red BullSainz very upset when Red Bull promoted VerstappenVergne: I have potential to be what Ricciardo isToro Rosso preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendSirotkin and Verstappen set for FP1 sessions this year gilgen Judging by todays performance, you are not. JEV was ahead of you and you stuffed it in the wall. Funny, JEV didn’t. BigE Ahahahahahahahaahaha! Guess he said that before making an unforced error. What a douche. Perfect mentality to fill Webber’s seat though! Bert Why do I see another Webber commmmming up ?