(Eric Vargiolu DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Reigning quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he has fallen short of his own expectations so far this season. Vettel heads into this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring is Spielberg having finished the last race in Montreal, Canada in third place while his Red Bull Racing team mate took the Milton Keynes based outfit's first win of the 2014 season. As a result Vettel is now 19 point's behind Ricciardo in the championship standing's and 80 point's behind championship leader, Mercedes Nico Rosberg.
Speaking to the media in the paddock at the Red Bull Ring on Thursday, Vettel said:
'It's pretty simple [to see], I get to see a lot of what I produce on the track, We record all the data, which can give you a lot of answers. As a matter of fact I didn't run that much in winter testing and didn't run that much during race weekends [early in the season] so things were not always that straight forward. I think the clean race weekends we have had have been alright.'
Vettel has finished five of the seven Grand Prix so far this season and has finished in the top ten on all of those occasions which included two third place finishes. Vettel admitted that from his side (of the garage) things haven't gone too well and that Ricciardo has had 'better results' then the German.
The German's comments come after Red Bull motorsport adviser Dr Helmut Marko told Sebastian Vettel to raise his game over the coming Grand Prix starting this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.
© Ben Johnston 2014