Aussie Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has warned his former teammate, four time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, that he needs to display a little more self-control when it comes to his emotional outbursts over the radio during a Formula One Grand Prix.
Vettel knows that whatever is said over the team radio is also broadcasted to the millions of viewers watching the telecast worldwide and while now and then it might be okay to say, ‘it was the heat of the moment’ and get away with it, but this year Sebastian has been regularly abusing other drivers for what many think are minor infractions.
During Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, it wasn’t only the other drivers that copped Vettel’s wrath, but also FIA Chief delegate, Charlie Whiting, who he told to ‘Charlie can just f*** off. Honestly, f*** off.’ This was broadcasted for all to hear, including Charlie, and Ricciardo says his frustration is clear to see but the way he is expressing it is just not good enough.
“I definitely sense Seb is more frustrated this year. He has shown in the past that he can be emotional but this year it seems a little more,” Ricciardo was quoted as saying by the AFP. “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 on TV.”
“From one side you can say it is the heat of the moment and be a bit lenient with it. But if your instinct is to press the radio button and start blurting off a lot of stuff, then you have to be more sensible. 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.”
It also appears as if Jean Todt, President of the FIA, is mulling over Vettel’s comments and may, or may not, take the matter further.