Daniel Ricciardo is a believer in obeying team orders

Red Bull driver in his first F1 season has no problem with orders to step aside if his teammate is winning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 9:51pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 9:53pm

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believes Formula One drivers, including his world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, should respect team orders unless they are "completely out of order".

Vettel made his dissatisfaction clear at the Chinese Grand Prix last month after being told for the second race in a row to let Ricciardo overtake because the Australian was faster.

The German initially said "tough luck" on the team radio before Ricciardo made it through three laps later to take fourth place ahead of Vettel in fifth.

But the team are doing all the calculations on pit wall during the race and you have to respect what they're saying
Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo has outqualified the quadruple world champion at three of the four races this season and team orders could again come into play if Vettel gets in front of him at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

"We throw up different scenarios and discuss it, discuss it between drivers and between principals and engineers," Ricciardo told The West Australian newspaper.

"It is our responsibility to obey it, unless it's completely out of order and then we can obviously try and put up a fight and give our reasons.

"But the team are doing all the calculations on pit wall during the race and you have to respect what they're saying.

"It's not always nice if you are being told to move over. It's not nice being that slower car, it's frustrating."

Despite a superb start to the season, the disqualification that robbed him of second place at his home race in the season-opener has left Ricciardo in sixth place in the title race behind Vettel.

Vettel's relationship with former teammate Mark Webber, who never doubted which of them was Red Bull's number one driver, was poisoned when he overtook the Australian to win in Malaysia last year despite being told to hold his position.

Ricciardo thinks that while they are both highly competitive, he and Vettel will continue to show each other respect however the season pans out.

"We know it ourselves and even told each other we want to race hard," he said.

"I want to race the best version of Seb and he wants to race the best version of me. At the end of the day, we'll both respect whoever's done a better job."