Daniel Ricciardo says Sebastian Vettel is ruthless on the race track, but he proved in 2014 that he is “honest and genuine too”.
But Ricciardo said that year the four-time World Champion showed he was not only a “ruthless” competitor, but also a “genuine” person.
Asked in an Instagram Live video if he had fond memories of Vettel, Ricciardo said: “I did and I do.
“Really, the thing that I took from that year with Seb was, even through a difficult year by his standards, particularly coming off four [titles] in a row, he was always, as he is, very competitive and ruthless.
“But off the track, he always shook my hand, congratulated me. It seemed that not only was he a good sportsman to me, but he seemed very honest and genuine.
“I obviously respected him from the start, but I think we had respect for each other, and that was cool.
“He does things a little bit old school but I respect that path as well. He is not really influenced by too much. He has his ways and he stands by them.”