Red Bull new boy Daniel Ricciardo can’t rely on much help from the other side of the garage as he settles in at the world championship-winning team.
The 24-year-old steps up from Toro Rosso, replacing now Le Mans driver and fellow countryman Mark Webber to take on the seemingly all-conquering German Sebastian Vettel.
Despite most expecting a much better relationship between Vettel and Ricciardo, the four-time champion insists the Aussie will have to adjust to life at the top by himself.
“Obviously there are a lot of new things this year that everybody will have to adapt to,” he said.
“But I’m sure (Ricciardo) will find his way quickly: to give advice is difficult because everybody has his own style.
“He doesn’t have the experience Mark had but he’s earned his place and I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time."
On the contrary the all-smiling Ricciardo is hoping to “learn as much as I can” from his more experienced team-mate “and hopefully challenge him of course”.
One man in a good position to have an opinion on the task Ricciardo, is the man who Sebastian replaced at Red Bull back in 2009, David Coulthard.
The Scot, now a BBC pundit, believes heading into the new season the man from Perth has little to worry about.
“If he (Ricciardo) matches him, people will say ‘well, he’s really got some pace’. If he beats him, then people are going to really sit up and take notice,” the 13-time GP winner told AAP news agency.
“So I think the pressure is off Daniel in many respects,” Coulthard said.
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