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Published: 15:01 | 27/9/16

Ricciardo learning from Verstappen


Daniel Ricciardo feels he has learned just as much from watching Max Verstappen as he did when he drove alongside Sebastian Vettel.

Ricciardo spent just one season as Vettel's team-mate before the German left Red Bull to join Ferrari and in 2015 he raced alongside Daniel Kvyat, finishing three points behind the Russian in the drivers' championship.

After a disappointing start to the season Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso with Verstappen making the move to Red Bull and he enjoyed a dream start to his career with the senior team by winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo believes he has learned something from each of his team-mates and is enjoying racing alongside Verstappen.

"I think with Max and Seb as team-mates it's obviously two different points in their career. But equally you can still learn from both of them. Seb's experience, the way he interacted with the team was pretty interesting to see. That was cool," Ricciardo said.

"And Max is coming in with a lot of youth, a lot of fire and energy. And some new driving techniques which, let's say, maybe the younger kids are doing. So it's interesting to learn from both of them.

"It's cool. I like having as many team-mates as possible, it's great, because the more people you can learn off, the better I think it will make you as a driver."

He went on: "I think Max is getting a lot of attention, he's the youngest ever F1 driver and winner. So I get asked about him a lot, as well, but it's not a hindrance.

"For him obviously there's a lot of attention and pressure, but for me, I keep doing my thing. I know he's very talented. If I can get the upper hand on him then it's a bit like with Seb -- they're very highly regarded drivers -- so if I can just do the job against them then it only helps me out."

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