Need To 'Respect' Team Orders: Ricciardo
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[May 06, 2014]
(Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel
Ricciardo believes Formula One drivers, including his world champion
team mate Sebastian Vettel, should respect team orders unless they are
"completely out of order".
Vettel made his dissatisfaction clear at the Chinese Grand Prix
last month after being told for the second race in a row to let
Ricciardo overtake because the Australian was faster.
The German initially said "tough luck" on the team radio before
Ricciardo made it through three laps later to take fourth place
ahead of Vettel in fifth.
Ricciardo has out-qualified the quadruple world champion at three of
the four races this season and team orders could again come into
play if Vettel gets in front of him at this weekend's Spanish Grand
"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
"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."
Despite a superb start to the season, the disqualification that
robbed him of second place at his home race in the season-opener has
left Ricciardo in sixth place in the title race behind Vettel.
Vettel's relationship with former team mate Mark Webber, who never
doubted which of them was Red Bull's number one driver, was poisoned
when he overtook the Australian to win in Malaysia last year despite
being told to hold his position.
The ever-smiling Ricciardo thinks that while they are both highly
competitive, he and Vettel will continue to show each other respect
however the season pans out.
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"We know it ourselves and even told each other that we want to race
hard," he told the paper.
"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."
(Writing by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O'Brien)
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