Ricciardo: Vettel and Verstappen made me better


Continuing his development as a driver, Daniel Ricciardo said that he has learned from both Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen during his years in the sport

Replacing his countryman Mark Webber at Red Bull in 2014, Ricciardo partnered with quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel for one full season and out-scored him on the Drivers’ Championship table before the German departed to Ferrari.

After Vettel joined the Scuderia, Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat stepped up to Red Bull but only to be dropped for teenager Max Verstappen, making it the Australian's third team-mate since he joined the Austrian-based outfit.

Looking back at his time at Red Bull, and his team-mates, the 27-year-old made positive comparisons between Vettel and Verstappen, revealing he learned from both of them.

"I think with Max and Seb as my team-mates it was at two different points in each of their careers. Equally you can still learn from each of them," he explained.

"With Seb it was his interaction with the team and that was interesting to see and cool. While Max is coming in with a lot of youth, fire and energy plus some new driving techniques which they younger kids are doing.

"So it is interesting to learn from both of them. I like having as many different team-mates as possible because the more people you can learn off of the better it will make you as a driver.

“I will just keep doing my thing and if I can get the upper hand on him it can be a bit like it was with Seb, they are very highly regarded and highly hyped drivers, so if I can do the job against them it will only help me out."