'Team orders need to be respected'

Tuesday 6th May 2014

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'Team orders need to be respected'

'Team orders need to be respected'

Daniel Ricciardo believes all Formula One drivers should obey team orders, unless they are "completely out of order".

Ricciardo's four-time World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel has voiced his displeasure at the Chinese Grand Prix last month after being told for the second race of the year by the Red Bull garage to let the Australian overtake him because he was faster at the time.

At Shanghai, Vettel disdainfully replied "tough luck" before eventually letting his team-mate past three laps later.

"We throw up different scenarios and discuss it, discuss it between drivers and between principals and engineers," Ricciardo told The West Australian newspaper.

"It is our responsibility to obey it, unless it's completely out of order and then we can obviously try and put up a fight and give our reasons.

"But the team are doing all the calculations on pit wall during the race and you have to respect what they're saying.

"It's not always nice if you are being told to move over. It's not nice being that slower car, it's frustrating."

While Vettel's relationship with Ricciardo's predecessor Mark Webber was a frosty one throughout their time together at Red Bull, the strife within the team came to a head last year in Malaysia when Vettel refused to obey team orders and passed the Australian in the closing stages of the race.

Ricciardo, though, doubts things will get as bad between him and Vettel as was the situation with Webber, although he admitted that the competitive nature of both Red Bull drivers means more situations like Shanghai might occur during the year.

"We know it ourselves and even told each other that we want to race hard," he continued.

"I want to race the best version of Seb and he wants to race the best version of me. At the end of the day I think we'll both respect whoever's done a better job.

"Deep, deep down none of us like losing. If Seb's done a better job this year, I won't like it, but I'll definitely respect him for it and give him the credit he deserves.

"I think that's a two-way street. We understand what a fair fight is and we enjoy that."

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