Daniel Ricciardo believes Ferrari’s driver situation shares “a few similarities” with Red Bull’s in 2014 when he was paired with Sebastian Vettel.
Charles Leclerc has proved a tough opponent for Vettel since the Monegasque’s arrival at the start of the year after his impressive rookie campaign with Sauber in 2018.
Despite a 24-point deficit to Vettel in the drivers’ standings at the halfway point in the season, Leclerc is evenly-matched with the four-time world champion.
Ricciardo comfortably outscored Vettel in his debut year at Red Bull in 2014 after being promoted from Toro Rosso, claiming three victories as the German endured a winless campaign.
Although the Renault driver sees parallels with Ferrari’s situation to five years ago, he reckons Vettel is “strong enough” to cope with the pressure Leclerc is generating.
“There are a few similarities: the young guy coming up to give the older guy a hard time.” said Ricciardo, as quoted by Motorsport.week.
“We have seen a little bit of this now with Charles. You probably have to ask Seb, but I am sure that there are some similarities there, and a bit of pressure from the young guy coming up.
“I still think Seb is strong enough to be able to overcome it if that is the case. It is really up to him.
“If he starts to gather some momentum you could see him start to find his form again.
“But also Charles is young and still will probably keep improving, so I think Charles will be at the front for many years.
“Up to Seb how he handles it. Probably up to Seb as well how long he wants to spend. If he keeps motivation and focus, he has the talent to stay for another few years. But that is up to him.”