Daniel Ricciardo has praised the way in which Sebastian Vettel has handled the troubles he has faced this season with the arrival of the Australian.
Four-time world champion Vettel is used to having things all his own way, but when Ricciardo replaced his countryman Mark Webber in the second Red Bull Racing seat, it was a totally different story.
Ricciardo has been the main man this year with three race wins to Vettel's none, and now the German has felt that it is the right time to move on from the team who developed him into the great driver he has become.
"Apart from his driving ability that everyone sees on TV, his work ethic, the way he works with the engineers, is very impressive." - Daniel Ricciardo
But Ricciardo insists that despite the fact he has dominated Vettel, he has remained respectful at all times.
"He was very respectful to me on the first day and he remained respectful to me after my third win," Ricciardo told Globo news, Brazil.
"I'm sure he would love to have won this season, so there must be some frustration inside, but he has not shown it at any time.
"It is to his credit that he hasn't said anything to me, or in front of me. Maybe he has behind closed doors, but it was not visible to any of us."
Ricciardo continued to speak about the excellent mentality of Vettel and how hard working he is on and off track.
"Apart from his driving ability that everyone sees on TV, his work ethic, the way he works with the engineers, is very impressive."
It is true to say that Vettel is a very laid back and relaxed character who seems like an easy driver to manage, especially compared to some out there. Vettel is rarely seen causing disruption to a team or coming out with controversial outbursts.
Yes, there have been isolated incidents such as choosing to ignore team orders but on the whole he can be pictured as a nice guy. It is funny that one of the nicer guys of the sport was subject to a lot of booing last season, when on the podium, but that was because he was so untouchable on track and created a boring spectacle at times.
He is now all set to embark on a new era with the Ferrari team and leaves Ricciardo behind to be the undisputed lead driver. And he has earned that position this year with some fantastic racing.
Ricciardo is third in the world driver standings while Vettel is back in an unfamiliar fifth place. The Australian has contributed 56 more points to the Red Bull constructor cause than Vettel, leaving the team in no man's land in second behind Mercedes and ahead of Williams currently.
Ricciardo leads his team mate with nine results to seven in qualifying and has tasted champagne on the podium seven times to Vettel's four. He has been stronger in almost every department. It is therefore exciting to see how far the 25-year-old can go in the sport.
While for Vettel, it s a chance to recover with a fresh start and a new opportunity to prove to everyone how good he is.
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