Ricciardo: I’m prepared for a big challenge, but not prepared for Vettel to kick my ass

20 December, 2013

Daniel Ricciardo expecting a steep learning curve as teammate to Sebastian Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo expecting a steep learning curve as teammate to Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel’s new teammate Daniel Ricciardo believes that the reigning quadruple Formula 1 World Champion will continue to get better.

Ricciardo who is replacing Mark Webber at Red Bull, said recentlythat  he hopes to be more competitive alongside Vettel than his  countryman who ended his F1 career with a move to Porsche.

“As strong as Mark is,” 24-year-old Ricciardo is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “Seb was better. That was evident in the last two years.

“[Vettel] is still very young, so we can ask the question of whether they were both at their peak when they were together,” he added.

Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel

Indeed, he thinks that Vettel – who is two years older than Ricciardo – is still improving, citing the German’s obvious dominance as the 2013 season wound down.

“I don’t think he has reached his peak, which is a little scary for the other drivers, because he has been impressive,” said Ricciardo. “In fact, the more he wins, the more confidence he gets, and the easier it is for him.”

Despite that, team boss Christian Horner is excited to see how Ricciardo – who is moving to Red Bull from the junior team Toro Rosso – fares alongside Vettel.

“I think Daniel is very fast,” he said. “Let’s see how fast he really is.”

Horner said that he doubts that Ricciardo will clash with Vettel, despite the increasingly fractious relationship between the dominant German and Webber in past years.

Christian Horner with Daniel Ricciardo

Christian Horner with Daniel Ricciardo

“I think the relationship will be very different than it was with Mark,” he said.

“Mark was at his peak when Sebastian came to the team, but Daniel is much younger and still learning. He will learn from Sebastian. The dynamics will be very different,” added Horner.

Ricciardo, while insisting that he wants to beat Vettel, acknowledged that it might be a task too great when considering the World Champion’s top form.

He told Auto Motor und Sport: “If the car is good and he wins, that’s what everyone expects of him. But no one is expecting me to come into the team and be the number 1 driver. That takes a little pressure [away] from me.”

Daniel Ricciardo will race for Red Bull in 2014

Daniel Ricciardo will race for Red Bull in 2014

“I want to come in and learn from the best, and then we’ll see what happens. If you could offer to me right now that I’m second behind him at the end of the season but with the same number of wins, then I might accept that.”

“But if he’s World Champion and I’m fifth, I’ll just say ‘f**k!” he grinned. I am prepared for a big challenge, but I am not prepared for him to kick my ass.”

“I do hope I am closer to him than Mark was, but I don’t want to promise all these big things and then be sh*t. We’ll see what happens, but I am definitely positive,” added Ricciardo. (GMM)

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  • O’Ferrari

    Good, honest commentary.

    Nice to see a driver being honest, genuinely complementing vettel but still setting his sights high without promising what he may not be able to deliver. i

  • wolfgang

    Someone is heading for a fall!. And already he thinks that he is better than Webber?

  • Zombie Jesus will eat your brain and take your knowledge

    New Webber just doesn’t impress me. Remove Vergne’s technical failures in 2013 and New Webber is even less impressive and one has to wonder if he didn’t get the promotion because 1. RBR couldn’t come to terms with Kimi and 2. Their junior programme would be a bigger joke than it already is – aside from Vettel the Golden Child, of course.

    I’m thinking if he can even see Vettel’s car at the end of the race in Melbourne I’ll be shocked and impressed enough to retract my statements.

  • TACHELES

    “I am not prepared for him to kick my ass.” Well, then Ricciardo should start right now to be well prepared for this experience.

    Someone who had trouble to go Vergne’s times more than once and almost got beaten by the bloody rookie Sainz at the latest YDT should be careful to compare to Webber and to speak out too loud.

  • O’Ferrari

    Not too familiar with Australians, eh?

    Getting your arse kicked us being humiliated, destroyed, embarrased.

    Finishing behind vettel isn’t getting your ass kicked. Henry Cooper losing to Ali wasn’t getting his arse kicked. It was losing.

    Losing is one thing.

    Getting your ass kicked is something else.

  • Shin

    He will do just fine, he’s always been fast, both in junior categories and with Torro Rosso. He’s shown enough consistent point finishing drives in a mediocre car. It find it a bit odd that so many people still underestimate Daniel’s potential. And apart from that a nice outspoken Aussie like his predecessor.

  • Bob Wheeler

    I love this guy. He really believes he is better than what he really is. I’m going to start calling him Mark Jr.

  • Boycottthebull

    oh dear Bob the Australian bigot has found his new hate target.

  • Tinto

    Great RB pairing, articulate, ambitious, smart and funny individuals. Great raceing ahead, if RB gets the car right, count any other team fighting for 3rd and down, beer on it.

  • Badman Jose

    I wonder if Daniel will get a car equal to Vettels..Looking for a Webber repeat.

    The real question is will Vettel abandon his secret advantage, race
    with the pack or disappear at 2.5 sec into the sunset?

    Jose

  • the fan

    oh my! Vettel is no God, sure he can be beaten. why do a lot of people think Vettel is a God? Schumacher was once hailed as a God until he was brought back down to earth by Alonso

  • Fernanda Aloser

    @the fan
    Dream on Alfonso fanboy!
    Michelin and those exotic mass dampers which were fitted to that cheating miserable cretin’s car are what won him the titles.
    If the 06 Ferrari had been a bit better in the beginning of the year and a bit more reliable later on Fernanda would have come off 2nd best which he really is getting used to these days by the way.
    Sorry, fanboy please tell me how many titles Fernanda has?
    Sorry please say it again, out loud to yourself.
    Now how many titles does Schumacher have?
    Yes that’s right fanboy 5 more than that cheating, overrated slime-ball!
    You feel stupid now, don’t you fanboy?
    That’s because I just brought you down to earth fool!

  • Fernanda Aloser

    @the fan
    Maybe you forgot how your overrated wank fodder was brought down to earth in 07!
    Hahahaha!!!!! :D
    It didn’t take very long either, first corner, first race.
    What an embarresment. Fernanda should have hung his ugly block of a head in shame that day!
    Instead he came home and took it out on you, his (fan)tasy boy and your butt still hurts to this day!

  • LOL

    @Fernanda you forgot to change your name before reposting. Good thing we all know your opinion is worth less than nothing.

  • O’Ferrari

    Good to see Bob Wheeler still going strong. Wottakokhead

    @badman jose

    For once, I agree with you.
    At times webber’s car used to sound different and behave differently to Webbers, particularly in terms of traction).

    I’m not suggesting anything illegal, but whatever kers harvesting, hot blown coanda effect of low speed misfire was being used was sometimes clearly on both cars and sometimes clearly on only vettels.

    Not saying that’s wrong. Teams that back one horse usually win the drivers c/ship. It avoids the mansell/patrese, senna/prost, alonso/hamilton, prost/lauda stress, particularly at key points in the season.

    I hope Danny, being young, is given the same equipment but is aware he is number two and needs to support the team.

  • the fan

    @Fernanda Aloser

    just what i thought, an idiot who missed my point…

    what im saying is that vettel is not unbeatable just like you fanboy or others think. he is beatable, its just a matter of finding the right formula to beat him.

    im not here to argue those mass dampers or whatever you think the reason why alonso was dominant in 05 and 06, first you have to know how sport works. if you are not proven guilty then nothing is taken away from you, those mass dampers were allowed at first and then the same thing as the double diffuser of brawn, it was banned eventually, but were the points taken? NO simply because there were allowed first until deliberating that it should be discontinued. end of story. michelin tires? arent they allowed to be used? you freaking idiot.

    2007? hamilton was indeed a good driver that year and yes I agree he made alonso’s year a bit challenging but isnt it Alonso who took the challenge to kimi in the last race while hamilton blew it in china and brazil isnt it? but i guess you’re too much of an idiot to know. that. again im not here to argue about it. you know the truth.

    finally, i find the way you talk is like im talking to a 10yr old idiot. not surprising. im not an alonso fanboy nor a vettel, i just stick to the facts and from what i believe in is that vettel can be beater, either by alonso, kimi, daniel, nico, lewis, etc…

    now this made me laugh really…

    “If the 06 Ferrari had been a bit better in the beginning of the year and a bit more reliable later on Fernanda would have come off 2nd best which he really is getting used to these days by the way.
    Sorry, fanboy please tell me how many titles Fernanda has?
    Sorry please say it again, out loud to yourself.
    Now how many titles does Schumacher have?
    Yes that’s right fanboy 5 more than that cheating, overrated slime-ball!
    You feel stupid now, don’t you fanboy?
    That’s because I just brought you down to earth fool!”

    the keyword is IF. if the 06 Ferrari had been better w/c is not. stick to what has happened if I were you rather than fantasized on something youre frustrated about.

    now you brought me down to earth? well I just made you look so stupid with your fantasies and false assumptions, crappy facts and uneducated posting. a bit of suggestion…

    sell your brain, it will be worth so much because its slightly used :D

  • Fernanda Aloser

    @Lol
    No I didn’t forget to change it, I only realized that I wasn’t finished putting you in your place.
    It’s clear that Ricciardo does not have the killer instinct that drivers such as Senna, Schumacher and Vettel have had.
    He’s happy coming in second and that’s all he’ll probably ever do.
    Just like LOL A.K.A. ‘The fan’ and unlike me he does not have a winners mentality.

  • Fernanda Aloser

    @Lol
    No I didn’t forget to change it, I only realized that I wasn’t finished putting you in your place boy!
    It’s clear that Ricciardo does not have the killer instinct that drivers such as Senna, Schumacher and Vettel have had.
    He’s happy coming in second and that’s all he’ll probably ever do.
    Just like LOL A.K.A. ‘The fan’ and unlike me he does not have a winners mentality.

  • gilgen

    And you really think that he will be able to come in second??

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