Vettel: Ricciardo beating me fair and square
19 April 2014 – Sebastian Vettel admits that new Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is beating him "fair and square" so far this season.
Ricciardo was the nearest challenger to Lewis Hamilton's pole-sitting Mercedes during Saturday's qualifying session for the Chinese Grand Prix, in turn outpacing third-placed Vettel by more than half a second.
But instead of searching for excuses over his lack of performance, Vettel said that Ricciardo is simply "getting the maximum out of the car".
"This year is very, very different. The cars are different – you cannot compare last year to this year," Vettel explained to reporters.
"Daniel is doing a very good job. He has not had one good weekend, he has had good weekends [since the start]. He has been able to get the maximum out of the car, and on my side, maybe I am struggling a bit more.
"But if he beats me, he beats me fair and square. That is not to my liking. I know I have to do a little bit better."