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Ricciardo fears losing ground to Vergne in RBR race

“It's very frustrating because these last two races are probably my two favourite tracks on the calendar and they've turned out badly,” he sighed, “I tend to stay at the track late, early in the weekend, trying to understand everything so I can pull the most out of it. That makes it more frustrating when it doesn't work out like you expected.”

One man not likely to be adding to the Australian's headache is current Red Bull test driver Sebastien Buemi, who appears content to continue in that role for another year.

“As Red Bull's third driver, I'm interesting to the smaller teams, but that would have to make sense,” he told Swiss website 20min.ch, “I'd prefer to stay here rather than finish 18th. Clearly [I'm keen to return to F1] – 100 per cent, but the goal is also to race, so it's a very good compromise with Toyota: I can race and stay [in F1] with Red Bull.”

Buemi believes that an extension to his contract is 'looking good', but has called on the team to give him more seat time from 2014.

Of course, the whole, who will replace Webber' question could yet be rendered moot should the Australian decide to remain as Vettel's team-mate into 2014. Although he has been heavily linked with a possible move to Porsche's LMP programme, Webber has apparently opened talks with RBR, as he does at this time every year.....

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June 14, 2013 7:17 PM

firestorm. rather an unfair comparison. when seb was with str, he was driving a newey red bull, with a Ferrari engine. but vergne is driving a totally independent design with no input from newey. so vergnes result was the best for independent str ever! and don't forget, he was in for a seventh last year when schumi attacked him. seeing as vergne has less f1 experience than ricciardo, I think that he is doing a better job. but probably another year in str will take the wildness out of him.

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