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 NewsVerstappen crashes Toro Rosso in RotterdamVerstappen not ready for F1 says HakkinenSalo says early debut for Verstappen is bad for F1Verstappen set for FP1 debut at SuzukaToro Rosso: Both our drivers did a very good jobToro Rosso: We are disappointedVergne: I am in Formula 1 and my place is in Formula 1Verstappen: Age is just a number, I am ready for F1Villeneuve: Verstappen deal is worst thing ever for F1Toro Rosso: Both drivers have done a good job 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 ?