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Formula One: Ricciardo plays down Vettel tension at Red Bull

Published on Mar 12, 2014 6:36 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Australian Daniel Ricciardo said on Wednesday he has no fear of any animosity poisoning his working relationship with Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull this season.

The 24-year-old, who replaced retired compatriot Mark Webber on the team this year, faces a challenging task with the four-time world champion.

The Australian, already under the pressure of expectation at his home season-opening Grand Prix at Albert Park on Sunday, will be pitted against Vettel with much the same technical backup as the German.

Vettel and Webber clashed several times, stemming from a number of high-profile incidents on the track, notably during the 2011 title battle and when Vettel disobeyed orders so he could snatch victory from his team-mate at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.

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