Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has stated that Sebastien Vettel’s outbursts are initiated by the adrenaline for racing.
The Australian, currently fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, claims that the four-time champion is more level-headed once the heat of the moment has passed.
He claims that it gives Vettel both strengths and weaknesses.
In Ricciardo’s first season at Red Bull, he partnered the German, and from this experience, Ricciardo believes that he gleaned an insight into how the world champion operates.
The Australian stated: "From what I see with him, in that instant, that spur of the moment, he can get quite reactive or emotional. But once that spike of adrenaline or whatever comes back down he then has a pretty good approach to things.”
The former Toro Rosso driver attributes Vettel’s determination and will to win as a major benefactor in the German’s success.
However, this also allows Vettel to overstep the mark in the heat of a race, according to the Red Bull driver.
These outbursts have frequently caused controversy involving the Ferrari driver.
Recently, Vettel felt he was being brake-tested by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a safety car period at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June.
Vettel pulled alongside the British racer and swerved into him.
Subsequently, Vettel was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race. Further reprimands were ordered by the FIA governing body.
He avoided a potential race ban, however, which was called for by some in racing quarters.
Ricciardo states these outbursts, such as his radio outburst during the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix, takes over Vettel.
“A bit like Mexico last year with the radio, I am sure he was pretty vocal at first but then it was like alright, maybe I will reassess what just happened. Fairly emotional but the emotion comes from the passion. He is one of the most passionate guys on the grid.
“I know he lives F1 probably more than most of us in a way and I think that is where it comes from.”
With four races left of the 2017 calendar, Ricciardo sits in fourth and could theoretically overtake Vettel.
The Ferrari racer lies 59 points behind Lewis Hamilton with an available 100 points remaining.