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Vettel starts with clean slate - Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo says his relationship with Sebastian Vettel is "starting from scratch" © Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo says he will not carry over any ill feeling from Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel when he joins Red Bull next season.

Webber and Vettel have had a number of high-profile incidents during their time as team-mates, most notably when the pair clashed in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix and when Vettel ignored team orders to take victory in Malaysia earlier this year. However, despite admitting he has spoken to Webber ahead of his move to Red Bull, Ricciardo says his own relationship with Vettel will start on good terms.

"[Webber and I] spoke on the phone before this weekend," Ricciardo said. "We've spoken before and there's not much to say. Obviously I've got here and been around this paddock for a while now and he told me to just enjoy it. I'll have my hands full with a three-time world champion at the moment so he and I know it's not going to be a walk in the park. It's for me now to experience and figure out for myself, but he always said the phone's there if I want something which is good to know.

"I am taking Mark's seat but I'm not taking Mark's role. I'm going in there as a new driver and whatever differences him and Seb had or have; I'm not starting with any of those. We're starting from scratch and we're going to work out our relationship how we work it out. No friction, no tension and going there to race each other as hard as we can. Obviously I have a bit to live up to with him as my team-mate but I look forward to hopefully some good battles and keeping the team at the top, where they have been for a long time."

Ricciardo added that in his opinion many of the incidents between Vettel and Webber have been blown out of proportion.

"When I speak to a few of the guys in the team it's always the stories that are blown up and they are bigger than what they really are. As far as I'm concerned there isn't that much of an issue and there's no reason why that should run off on to me anyway."

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