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GP Week : Issue 200
An intriguing situation is building in the defending champion’s garage, with Daniel Ricciardo again outperforming – significantly – his quadruple world champion team-mate. And this time, there was again more than a hint of a team-orders issue as sebastian Vettel struggled to accept the situation. For the second race in a row Sebastian's pit-car message wasn't what he wanted to hear: “Let Daniel through please” was met with a question; “what tyres is he on?” "Primes, same as you.” “Tough luck” came the curt response. The team was quick to claim that Sebastian ultimately moved over, once it was explained that Daniel was on a different strategy. Really? The fact remains, the new boy was quicker, again, and recovered from a so-so start, to pass his team-mate on lap 27, into Turn 1 (below), and pull away. It was 20 seconds at the finish ... "I started on the dirty side of the grid and had quite a poor getaway,” Daniel reported. “I was spinning up on the line a bit too long and lost the two places. From then on however, I thought the race was good! “With Seb, we were racing and you always want to hold on to your position, but the team radioed and he let me through. I did what I could after each stop and we improved the car; at the end I was doing all I could to catch Alonso and I think we got to within a couple of seconds of him as we went over the line. “t's going well with the team, I feel comfortable here and I did the best I could today. I really want that podium and we're getting close!" For his part, Sebastian showed some confusion as to what the previous couple of hours meant: "I moved over for Daniel once I knew that we were on different strategies. When I was first asked, I didn't understand as we were on the same tyre, unlike in Bahrain, so I double checked. When the team said we were on a different strategy, I moved over and then, as the race went on, I saw more and more that I didn't have the pace. There was no point in holding Dan back. “I'm not yet where I want to be with the car, but it's an on-going process; hopefully at the next few races we will make some more steps in the right direction. Our weakness isn't in the corners, but on the straights. The first stint today was okay but after that I'm not sure what happened." Tough luck ... Really? 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: