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Ricciardo aware of Vergne challenge for Red Bull seat

Jun 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Daniel Ricciardo has spoken of his frustration after failing to score in either of the past two grands prix, which has only been furthered by the good form of Jean-Eric Vergne as the drivers go head-to-head for the second seat at Red Bull in 2014.

“Like any racing driver I’m very highly motivated to compete with my teammate, so having such a poor race when Jev had an excellent one adds to the frustration,” Ricciardo wrote in his blog.

The Australian was quick to praise the team effort, with Toro Rosso currently beating Sauber and Williams in the constructors’ championship.

“But looking past that, his result is really positive for us. The team is really pumped up and we all know that, when everything’s working as it should, we’ve got a really fast car that’s capable of fighting for good points. That’s a nice thought to take away.”

The battle for the second seat at Red Bull has been sparked by the breakdown of Mark Webber’s relationship with the team after the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Although Ricciardo and Vergne are unquestionably in the running for the drive, Kimi Raikkonen is also thought to be a consideration for the defending world champions.

  1. apexassassin - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Unless one of the does something truly spectacular I doubt we’ll see either in the RBR in 2014. However, continuing to get string results will make them attractive prospects elsewhere or for 2015.

  2. apexassassin - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Unless one of the does something truly spectacular I doubt we’ll see either in the RBR in 2014. However, continuing to get strong results will make them attractive prospects elsewhere or for 2015.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      What do they have to do? I think they’ll go with JEV, he’s been running about as well as anyone would run in a STR vehicle, he’s already in the system, a driver in his first season shouldn’t be a threat to the king, and unless they decide to bring back Webber and he’s dumb enough to endure another season with RBR. who out there is better?

      • indycarseries500 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        *first season in the team

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