Vettel: Ricciardo has earned his place and I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time

Sebastian Vettel with Daniel Ricciardo

Sebastian Vettel with Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo will have to make his own way within the Red Bull team, quadruple World Champion and teammate Sebastian Vettel has warned, while acknowledging that the Australian has earned his spot in the team.

Ricciardo, with just 50 grands prix with HRT and Toro Rosso under his belt, has arrived at the reigning title-winning team to replace Vettel’s recently retired teammate, the highly-experienced veteran Mark Webber.

Vettel and Webber endured a notoriously strained relationship at Red Bull, and now Vettel has made clear that he will not be actively helping 24-year-old Ricciardo get up to speed.

“Obviously there’s a lot of new things this year that everybody will have to adapt to,” he said. “But I’m sure [that Ricciardo] will find his way quickly: to give advice is difficult because everybody has his own style.”

Daniel Ricciardo made his F1 debut with HRT in 2011

Daniel Ricciardo made his F1 debut with HRT in 2011

“He doesn’t have the experience that Mark had but he’s earned his place and I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time,” said Vettel.

Ricciardo, on the other hand, said that he is hoping to “learn as much as I can” from Vettel, “and hopefully challenge him, of course”.

David Coulthard, a former Red Bull driver, said that he thinks that Ricciardo has less pressure on him this year than Vettel.

“If [Ricciardo] matches him, people will say ‘well, he’s really got some pace’. If he beats him, then people are going to really sit up and take notice,” the Scot told AAP news agency.

“So I think the pressure is off Daniel in many respects,” Coulthard said. (GMM)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Translation: No illusions of grandeur, Daniel. Know your role.

    Sebastian could have answered the question a bit better than that. At least TRY to pretend to be helpful in the team spirit aspect if nothing else. This is where Vettel critics have a valid point as dude can come off as a little pr*ck at times. A simple “We all help each other within the team” would have sufficed. Try and act like a team leader ffs.

  • karlich

    Where did you read in to that? I got a totally different feeling from his response.

  • TheDudeson

    dear seb you know you will kick daniels ass

  • McLarenfan

    I get from reading this that Sebastian is saying weall have to learn how to use these new “powerunits” and the other systems as for after that I will not try telling him how to drive, but I also think that the article is written to in a way that puts a shadow over Sebastian again

  • Tamburello1994

    Where? From the article.

    In light of the relationship with his last teammate I think it would have been wise for Vettel to display some camaraderie with his new teammate.

  • karlich

    Well the article is one thing. His quotes yet another. The only quote I could possibly interpret as “unfriendly” – that is if I’d squint a lot – is that it’s difficult to give advice because everybody has his own style. Even so, he ain’t saying he wouldn’t share his advice if appropriate. Second, let’s not forget that for many F1 drivers, English isn’t their native language and for most journos translating some quotes, one of the languages isn’t their native either. Just saying.

    Either way, from Vettel’s quotes cited in the article, I really, I mean really, cannot see how any of that can be seen as a “warning” that “Ricciardo has to make his own way within the Red Bull Team”. To me, that’s just writers at it again :P

    His last teammate escalated much of the hatred himself and although I’d agree that Vettel often acted either harsh or outright wrongfully, I still haven’t got the least amount of sympathy for his last teammate.