Vettel: 'Too early to say if Ricciardo is better'

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8 April 2014 by TF1T Staff

Sebastian Vettel believes it is too early to judge if his new team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, is better than his former team-mate, Mark Webber.

The Red Bull newcomer has put in some impressive performances, but suffered terrible luck in the opening two races.

Whilst it's hard to compare Ricciardo and Webber, the younger Australian has outperformed his German team-mate on a few occasions this season already.

Ricciardo finished second in Australia before the stewards excluded him on technical grounds. He was then running just behind his team-mate in Malaysia before a pit error and then finished fourth in Bahrain, two places ahead of Vettel.

Ricciardo is also winning the qualifying battle at two-to-one.

Vettel however says it's too soon to say whether the former Toro Rosso driver is a match, or better, than the now retired Webber.

"It would be unfair to say that after just three races," said Vettel.

"Daniel certainly is doing his job very well, but a fair comparison is very, very difficult."

Former driver turned broadcaster, Martin Brundle, suspects Vettel is taking a little longer to get used to a car which isn't top of the class.

“Sebastian is not used to driving cars that are not perfect," he noted. "Daniel is."