Vettel: Ricciardo doing a better job

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is doing a better job than him so far in 2014.

Ricciardo, who was promoted from Toro Rosso, beat Vettel during a wet qualifying session in China.

Ricciardo set the second fastest time in qualifying, ahead of third placed Vettel.

"I think this year is very very different, the cars are very different so I don’t think you can compare last year to this year, first of all, but nevertheless, I think Daniel is doing a very good job, he has not just had one good weekend, he had good weekends and so far he seems to be able to get the maximum out of the car," said Vettel.

"On my side, maybe I’m struggling a little bit more, but at the end of the day we have the same car – there’s nothing between cars, so if he manages to beat me, then he beats me on the circuit, fair and square. Of course, that’s not to my liking but equally, I know that I have to do a little bit better."

Vettel joked that Red Bull would need alterations to the circuit if they are to beat Mercedes to victory on Sunday.

"I think if we put two chicanes in all the straights then yes," he said when asked if Red Bull could win.

Red Bull was the slowest team through the speed trap in qualifying, 20km/h down on the fastest team, which was Mercedes.

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