Ricciardo hails relentless Vettel

Date published: November 21 2014

As he prepares to bid farewell to Seb Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo feels one of the biggest lessons learnt from the German is to be ruthless but fair.

The Aussie teamed up with the German at the start of this season and has had the better of Red Bull’s running.

Claiming 214 points to Vettel’s 159, he also secured three race wins while the four-time World Champion has yet to get off the mark.

The partnership, though, is now set to end with Ferrari confirming that Vettel will be joining the Italian stable in 2015.

Asked what has been the biggest lesson he has learnt during his time with Vettel, Ricciardo told reporters in Abu Dhabi: “I think the way he brings the people who work with him close to him,”

“Basically the way he demands and gets what he wants. We’re always never happy with our cars; we always want something better from it and I think the way he approaches that.

“He’s quite ruthless but also quite fair at the same time.

“He’s got a good balance of being serious and looking the team in the eye and saying ‘I need this’, but I think at the same time he earns their respect by acting that way.

“He doesn’t rest, he’s not going to be happy being behind.”