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Ricciardo admits beating Vettel “feels great”

Aug 9, 2014, 7:39 AM EDT

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Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that it “feels great” to be beating his Red Bull teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel as things stand in 2014.

The Australian driver was promoted to the seat at Red Bull for 2014 in place of his compatriot, Mark Webber, who retired at the end of last season.

Although he was known to have potential, very few expected him to make such a superb start to life with the world champion team.

In the first eleven races of the season, he has claimed two wins and currently ranks third in the drivers’ championship.

Perhaps even more surprising is that fact that he is 43 points ahead of Vettel, who has won the last four world titles.

“Of course I won’t lie: it feels great,” Ricciardo admitted to CNN. “You know he is an awesome benchmark to sort of judge myself on.

“And, you know, not only the rest of the guys in the field but him especially.

“To have shown really good speed against him not only in qualifying but in races as well has been encouraging. So yeah I am enjoying it.”

Vettel appears to have struggled to get to grips with the new cars for the 2014 season, but has shown signs of pace with two podium finishes. However, it is a far cry from his championship-winning exploits of 2013 when he won the final nine races of the season.

Ricciardo has quickly established himself to be a star in the sport, and has even surprised his boss, Christian Horner.

“Daniel has been a real surprise this year,” he said to Sky earlier this year. “We knew he was quick, we just didn’t realise how quick.”

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Ricciardo is very talented and a classy guy – just the opposite of Vettel and Red B.S. Racing. Hopefully Ricciardo can get a good seat at a scrupulous team very soon and get away from the sewer rats.

    Vettel is a good driver but he was highly over-rated because he had a Newey car which was dominant the past four seasons. Red B.S. Racing did everything possible to insure Webber finished second to Vettel so they could keep the golden boy’s ego fully inflated. Vettel has had a real reality check this year and he needed it. Now Red B.S. Racing needs to have the wheels fall off of Vettel’s car and his KERs to fail every race for the next three years and then justice will be served. Anything less and Vettel will never learn from this experience.

  2. worknman24hours - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    I applaud Ricciardo for having the courage to be honest about this.

    I despise the muted “Well,I am not happy my teammate is slower then me .”nonsense.

    Vettel should not take this as any kind of insult.

    Vettel would be very happy if he were beating Ricciardo in the same way.

  3. kando53 - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Ricciardo has driven very well, and it just goes to show how over rated Vettel was. I think it was obvious that R.B used to do a lot to favor Vettel.

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