Daniel Ricciardo says Sebastian Vettel’s aggressive outbursts are sparked by the adrenalin of the moment but once he cools off he is much fairer and level-headed, making it both a strength and weakness to the Ferrari driver's ability.

During Ricciardo’s first year stepping up to Red Bull from Toro Rosso he joined alongside Vettel as his team-mate and felt he gained a strong insight into how the four-time Formula 1 world champion operates and what are the positives and negatives to his race craft.

While Ricciardo credits Vettel’s determination and will to win as a major strength his tendency to overstep the mark in the heat of racing has frequently sparked controversial moments involving the German driver.

This issue came to a head during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel felt he was being brake-tested by Lewis Hamilton during a safety car period and after an initial collision he pulled alongside the Mercedes driver and swerved into him.

Vettel was slapped with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race while further reprimands where ordered by the FIA but he avoided a potential race ban which was called for by some quarters.

Ricciardo says these flashpoints are when the adrenalin of racing takes over Vettel, referencing his radio outburst during last year’s Mexican Grand Prix, but feels he remains a fair competitor after the moment passes.

“I did spend a year with him but it was only a year and a year goes quick,” Ricciardo said. “From what I see with him, in that instant, that spur of the moment, he can get quite reactive or emotional. But once that spike of adrenalin or whatever comes back down he then has a pretty good approach to things.

“A bit like Mexico last year with the radio, I am sure he was pretty vocal at first but then it was like alright, maybe I will reassess what just happened. Fairly emotional but the emotion comes from the passion. He is one of the most passionate guys on the grid.

“I know he lives F1 probably more than most of us in a way and I think that is where it comes from.

“Any time I beat him in 2014 I am sure he was pissed when we crossed the finish line, but once we got back to the engineers he always shook my hand and congratulated me.

“So once the adrenalin calms down he has got pretty solid approach. Once that moment is gone he is pretty educated, probably more than me.”



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