Daniel Ricciardo says he is not worried by his predecessor and compatriot Mark Webber’s sometimes difficult relationship with the Red Bull Formula 1 team.
Webber’s five seasons alongside Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull were marked by tense flashpoints including this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix “multi 21” team orders spat and the 2010 Turkish GP collision, plus myriad other occasions when Webber alluded to Vettel being favored by some Red Bull factions.
Asked if he would go in the opposite direction to Webber’s sometimes abrasive approach, Ricciardo replied: “Definitely. I can’t go in there based off his experiences.”
“It’s fair to say that his relationship with the team has not been 100 percent clean but just because we’re both Australian doesn’t mean I go in there with that on my piece of paper. I’m going there with a fresh approach and I have to.
“For my own benefit, I will go in there positively and work it out for myself. It won’t rub off on me.”
Ricciardo also dismissed the perception that Webber had more mechanical problems than Vettel.
“When Mark had his failures, I didn’t call Red Bull and say, ‘Why did that happen?'” said Ricciardo. “So I don’t know the ins and outs but the way I see it I just put it down to bad luck. That’s what it looks like and I can’t see any reason why they would want to make life difficult for one of the drivers.
“I’m definitely coming in there without being worried. Of course, Seb is the man, with his four world titles, and I have to try to earn my place in the team but I think they are going to leave the door open for me.”