Stoddart: Ricciardo will not get equal status
10 March 2014 – Ex-Formula 1 team boss Paul Stoddart reckons Sebastian Vettel will be given preferential treatment over Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull, and says his fellow Australian must accept the situation if he is to succeed.
Stoddart, who led the Minardi team from 2001 to 2005, feels that although Ricciardo – who makes the step up after two campaigns with Toro Rosso – has enough talent at his disposal, his opportunities will be limited.
"It's very hard to be a team-mate to Sebastian," commented Stoddart, speaking in an exclusive interview with GPUpdate.net. "Despite all the efforts to downplay that it's not his [Vettel's] team, it is his team.
"Daniel has to accept that he's going to be second best, which is very hard for a racing driver to do, especially a young racing driver. If he can accept that, he's going to do fine. If he can't accept that, he'll struggle.
"Daniel has certainly got the talent and the coolness, but he'll never get equal opportunity."
Red Bull's driver line-up change, made in the wake of Mark Webber's decision to join German manufacturer Porsche for an assault on the World Endurance Championship (WEC), is its first since the 2009 season.
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