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05:10  21 november  2019
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Ricciardo , to this date, remains the only driver to outscore Vettel in a full Formula 1 campaign as teammates , as the Aussie finished third to Vettel's fifth in 2014. And with Ricciardo 's future an object of constant speculation, which had ramped up after his visible disappointment at losing the Monaco win

Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg are posing for a picture: Ricciardo's Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg© AAP Ricciardo's Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg Aussie Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has opened up about the departure of former Renault teammate Nico Hülkenberg.

Hülkenberg will be officially let go by the French team after this season and is set to be replaced by Esteban Ocon. Immediately after the year-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ocon will begin testing with his new team.

Ricciardo welcomed his new teammate in an interview posted on F1's website and said that Hülkenberg was "cool" since splitting with Renault.

"He's cool," Ricciardo said.

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"I certainly think he still has time in the sport if he wants it. His ability is certainly there to do it.

"I don't fear for him if he doesn't come back to F1. He's a pretty switched on kid, he's quite business savvy so if he goes on to do other things he'll be OK."

One of the qualities that Ricciardo praised about Hülkenberg was his laidback nature which made their working relationship "easy", something which was not always the case with the West Australian's old teammate at Red Bull, Max Verstappen.

"It's been pretty easygoing," Ricciardo said.

"He has been easy to work with, does what he has to do and doesn't really kick up a fuss.

"Also I do believe coming into the season we both had respect for each other and I think that helps, as far as we don't feel the need to do anything weird. I don't want to say I've had that in the past, I haven't had that, but it made the transition of me coming into this team quite easy.

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"Pre-season, we had a bit of a laugh, after the races we might go see each other and have a drink at a party."

Life at Renault has not been smooth-sailing for the Ricciardo since leaving Red Bull. He went from regularly challenging for F1 podium finishes to battling to stay inside the top 10.

Ricciardo is currently ninth in the drivers' standings.

Ocon most recently served as a reserve driver for Mercedes, but at Renault alongside Ricciardo he has a chance to make a name for himself. The Aussie doesn't expect the pair to be "best mates" but was hopeful of a relationship with "competitive respect".

"I'm sure he does respect me, but will he want to come in and set himself up in the team? Absolutely," Ricciardo said.

"Again, there'll be that competitive respect - as long as there's that. I want to beat him, he wants to beat me, we're not silly. We've done this thing once or twice before, but as long as there's respect for each other that's what we need.

"We don't need to be best mates either but we'll get on with it and try to get it going."

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