Sebastian Vettel says he is taking the threat from his new team mate Charles Leclerc seriously.
“He’s in the seat for a reason,” Vettel told RaceFans and other media at the Circuit de Catalunya. “So I’ve got to take it very serious.
“I think you always have a close rivalry with your team mate. But priority number one is for sure trying to bring the team forward.
“Obviously I’ve been around for a bit longer compared to him, so it’s different. Different things may be here that he will have on his plate in the beginning.
“But he’s a nice kid and you know I hope that in a positive way you leave him alone and let him do his job. And I’m very certain he will be quick enough and put me under pressure. So we’ll see how it goes.”
While Vettel admitted he doesn’t know Leclerc well as a team mate yet, he’s confident the pair will have an amicable relationship.
“I’m not over-complicating these things, I’m taking it quite straightforward. I’m not the one starting any problems, I don’t expect that Charles is starting any problems so I’m actually looking forward to it.
“I think it’s very exciting for him the position to be in to drive the car of his dreams and so on so I can understand that even though I’ve been around longer but I feel still a little bit the same.”
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