Two-time Australian Grand Prix winner David Coulthard believes Daniel Ricciardo is under no pressure this season despite the Australian stepping up to Red Bull Racing to drive alongside Sebastian Vettel.
Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix’s ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Coulthard says Ricciardo’s first season in a top team reminds him of his maiden campaign in the sport in 1994.
“When I made my debut as a young driver for Williams, I didn’t feel any pressure – all I saw was opportunity,” Coulthard said.
“The expectation will be that Sebastian, as a four-time world champion, will be the team leader, so it’s all there for Daniel to play for. If Daniel matches him, people will say ‘well, he’s really got some pace’; if he beats him, then people are going to really sit up and take notice. The pressure is off Daniel in many respects.
“He’s had a great rise up to the point of driving for the world championship-winning team, and it’s better to be up against the best guy statistically over the past four years than to be in the mid-grid beating your teammate.”
Coulthard also spoke about his emotional reaction to Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, whether it matters if the new-for-2014 cars are considered by many as ugly, and which drivers will adapt best to the new regulations for this season.
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