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Vettel denies Ricciardo move gives him No.1 status

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Sebastian Vettel has denied the announcement of Daniel Ricciardo as his team-mate at Red Bull in 2014 will give him clear number 1 status in the team.

Though the German has won the last three championships and is well on his way to a fourth, Vettel has always had a frosty relationship with his out-going team-mate Mark Webber over wanting equal status at the team.

Ricciardo got the nod over 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen for the second Red Bull seat and that has left many believing the decision to promote the 24-year old Australian from Toro Rosso will ensure Vettel is the lead driver at the team from next season.

Vettel however dismissed the claim: "It makes no sense to talk about team leadership," said the 26-year-old.

"At every team there are two drivers and both have the same opportunities, but in the end there can only be one winner.

"'Number 1' or 'number 2' is something that seems pretty outdated in formula one today," Vettel insisted.

Throughout the speculation of who would replace Webber for 2014, Vettel publicly admitted he wanted Kimi Raikkonen alongside him next season, so what are his thoughts now that Ricciardo has the seat?

"In the end it doesn't matter who your teammate is," said Vettel.

"The important thing is to integrate in the team so you can be pushing all in the same direction."

Sebastian admits that while the personal relationship between himself and Webber may be broken, he has always been able to work professionally with the Australian.

Vettel was asked if he would have a parting gift for Webber after he retires at the end of the season: "Maybe a box of chocolates," Vettel joked.

"To be honest, I think we were always very successful together and he was a very difficult driver to beat.

"He contributed a lot to the team; really positive things. Many more positive than negative," added Vettel.

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