“He's picked up the phone multiple times, and just been a friend, and just, like, showing care, just checking in, checking in as a true friend would do,” Ricciardo told the Beyond the Grid podcast.
“To have friends like that is so important. But it's also not that common, in terms of the grid.
“We get on with drivers, and you do build friendships, but to have that kind of deeper level of friendship.... some gestures he made, and some of the kindness he showed towards me was, in a way, kind of unexpected.”
Vettel has experience of going through difficult spells in Formula 1, struggling with Ferrari in 2020 before deciding to leave the team - and likely passed some wisdom on to Ricciardo thanks to this.
Now back in Formula 1 full-time and settled in familiar surroundings at AlphaTauri, expect to see some vintage Ricciardo in 2024 again.
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