Sebastian Vettel ‘Hard, Firm but Not an A**hole’: Ricciardo

Published 04/30/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Daniel Ricciardo gets along well with most drivers and teammates, but he does hold a special amount of respect for Sebastian Vettel. The duo were at Red Bull for two seasons, before the German left for Ferrari. But from Sebastian, Ricciardo learned a lot of important lessons, both on the track and off it. The man from down under recalls the most valuable one that the 4-times world champion taught him.

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In an interview with Ziggo Sport, when asked who taught him the best lesson ever, Ricciardo said, “Maybe Vettel. Just His work ethic. He was hard, he was firm, but not a a*shole. He has got the respect.

“With the team, if it they did something wrong, or if he needed change, he’d be very hard but not in an a*shole way. So it was good.”

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Formula One F1. Bahrain Grand Prix. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Staying humble is an important characteristic for athletes. Especially so in a team sport. To win the respect from the others working with him, it is very important to not be filled with pride.

It could have been easy for a 4-times world champion to be bossy and demanding and have people cater to every whim and fancy. However, that would affect the team morale and his own character will be looked down upon in the paddock. No one would want to work with such a person. And in such an atmosphere, it’s difficult for the team as a while to thrive.

Can Sebastian Vettel finally get some points on the board in 2021?

The German has had a torrid start to his campaign with Aston Martin. It appears that his form and luck from his last season with Ferrari have followed him to the Silverstone-based outfit.

Formula One F1. Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel at the end of practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Two races in, Sebastian is yet to open his account, and it seems as though a podium is far from the realms of possibility. It almost feels as if Aston Martin have been humbled in a way. At the start of the season they were touted to be the best of the rest. But that’s far from what the reality is two races in.

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It rather seems that they’ll be fighting for a lower mid-table spot. And as such, points will be vital, especially from a man who has 4 championship crowns to his name. So far Lance Stroll has done marginally better than him.

Vettel doesn’t look like the driver he was before, but it’s still not too late to recover his mojo. Vettel and his fans will be hoping that the Portuguese GP brings them a lot of reasons to smile about.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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