Daniel Ricciardo says he has no option but to 'blow team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne apart' during the season ahead as the pair look to work towards an F1 future with Red Bull.
The Toro Rosso pair go into the 2013 season knowing that a potential Red Bull drive is in front of them if Mark Webber elected to bring his career to an end or if Red Bull elected to replace the veteran Australian – who is currently the oldest driver on the grid.
Speaking ahead of his home race in Melbourne this weekend, Ricciardo admitted that he has to raise his game and that he had to do more than simply match Vergne on track.
“If myself and Jean-Eric are just matching each other this year, it's probably not going to be enough,” he said at a media event prior to the Albert Park race weekend. “I definitely want to blow it apart if I can this year - do something special. Podiums would be great. But we've really got to see where we are as a team. I think we've improved.
“The bigger question is how much has everyone else improved? We've really got to make sure we've improved more than them as well. I definitely think I can push higher. But the car does play a part.”