Horner full of praise for Ricciardo

Wednesday 23-April-2014 12:25

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is waxing lyrical over Daniel Ricciardo, saying the Australian has been "outstanding" in his short career with the reigning Constructors' Champions.

Ricciardo finished ahead of four-time World Champion and team-mate Sebastian Vettel in China for the second time this year, and although Horner believes this is largely due to issues with the German's car, he was nevertheless full of praise for his new recruit.

"A massive performance by Dan; [he was] hugely impressive all weekend," Horner told

"He's really been outstanding this season. In all four grands prix so far this year I think he's done a tremendous job.

"His confidence is growing, he seems so calm in the car. His feedback is exceptional; when he talks on the radio it's like he's having a coffee in a coffee shop up the road, especially with the lack of noise now you can hear it perfectly!

"He's enjoying what he's doing, he's enjoying being a grand prix driver and he's enjoying driving for the team."

Horner added that Vettel is more than willing to play second fiddle to Ricciardo and is eager to learn from his new team-mate.

"For any driver they don't like that call, but he's absolutely abided by it. He's a team player at the end of the day and the one thing you can be assured of is that he will be looking extremely hard at this weekend and this race to understand where the differences are, what he's struggling with and where we can improve," Horner continued.

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