Sebastian Vettel has opened up about his rivalry with Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, saying comparisons between the two are unfair.
When the current Formula One season began, four-time world champion Vettel was supposed to be the superstar of the team, and WA's Ricciardo the understudy.
Vettel earns nearly 29 times more than his Aussie "apprentice", yet Ricciardo has outperformed Vettel in qualifying for seven out of 11 races, including two Grand Prix victories.
Vettel is currently sitting in sixth place in the drivers’ standings, 43 points behind third-placed Ricciardo, which he puts down to ongoing car troubles.
“First of all, I won’t argue that [Ricciardo] is doing a good job,” Vettel said.
“On my side, I have had plenty of qualifying sessions where we had some sort of trouble.
“I don’t remember all of them, in terms of what the nature was, but we lost out many times because of that and in the races as well.
As for Ricciardo: “I’m just loving racing up the front.”
“Did I think I would be outperforming Sebastian like I have? Probably not, but to be honest, I didn’t really set any expectations."
Both drivers are preparing for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.