Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013

Ricciardo “seen as more consistent” – Vergne

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: Jean-Eric Vergne says the prevailing view in the F1 paddock is that team mate Daniel Ricciardo is a more consistent performer than him.


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Vergne: “If you look at the results this year, I’ve scored more points than Ricciardo, but he’s finished all the races, I haven’t. I have a label on my back. Even if it’s false, in the paddock Ricciardo is seen as consistent and I’m not.”

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