Ricciardo: Vettel's radio moaning now "too much"

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Daniel Ricciardo thinks Sebastian Vettel's constant moaning on the radio against his rivals and now the FIA has got 'too much'.

In the wake of having called Fernando Alonso an 'idiot' and Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa 'stupid', Vettel caused a bigger controversy in Mexico when he told F1 race director Charlie Whiting to '**** off.'

Ricciardo, who was teammate to Vettel at Red Bull in 2014, suspects that the German's increasingly angry radio messages are the result of his season at Ferrari not being as successful as he had hoped.

"I definitely sense he is being a bit more frustrated this year," said the Australian. "He has shown in the past that he can be emotional but this year it seems a little more.

"In the moment it is easy to press the radio button and start saying a lot of things, but we all know it can be broadcast. Trust me, I would say twice as much a lot of the time, maybe wait and say a few things to myself and then press the radio button.

"He is obviously frustrated with how the season has gone. He might have thought they had a chance to fight Mercedes but that is not how the season has gone.

"Some things we have seen before but it has been a bit more uncharacteristic than in previous years. It has probably been a bit too much."

Ricciardo says he does not understand why drivers are not more 'sensible' when it comes to letting their feelings be known over team radio.

"From one side you can say it is the heat of the moment and be a bit lenient with it," explained the Red Bull driver. "If your instinct is to press the radio button and start splurting off a lot of stuff, then you have to be more sensible than that.

"You don't need to broadcast it all. You can swear in your helmet and then speak your mind a few minutes later when you are a little more relaxed."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel , Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news