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Formula One: Four-time champ Vettel admits newcomer Ricciardo doing better job

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:24 PM
 
Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany speaks during a press briefing before the upcoming the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, on April 17, 2014. Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday, April 19, 2014, again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix.

But the Australian was no match for pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest by almost six-tenths of a second, but he put himself ahead of Vettel by qualifying on the front row for the second time this season, with the German third.

Ricciardo was also comfortably quicker than Vettel in all three practice sessions for Sunday's race and he has now been Red Bull's fastest qualifier in three out of four grands prix this season.

Vettel said he had no excuses as both drivers have the same car, and that Ricciardo, in his first season with Red Bull, has simply been performing better than the reigning champion.

 
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