(Eric Vargiolu DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo had confirmed that he has spoken to team mate and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and the pair have agreed to race each other hard. Speaking to the West Australian, Ricciardo 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 I think we'll both respect whoever's done a better job.'
In the last two Grand Prix in Bahrain and China Ricciardo has both caught and overtaken his team mate to finish ahead of the German four time world champion. The Australian is now just behind Vettel in 6th place in the Driver's championship just 9 points behind the German.
Ricciardo also said that the pair need to obey team orders from pit-wall after Vettel initially appeared to have ignored an order in China however he later explained that he did not understand the call but did allow Ricciardo to go past him and the pair went on to finish in 4th and 5th place respectively.
Speaking about the issue of team orders Ricciardo said:
'We throw up different scenarios and discuss it, discuss it between drivers and between principals and engineers. 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.'
The Milton Keynes based outfit head to the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend in second place in the Constructors championship, three points ahead of Sahara Force India.
©Ben Johnston 2014