Formula One: Ricciardo finally confirmed for Red Bull drive!
Red Bull Racing finally announced yesterday that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber at the end of this years Formula One World Championship.
The Australian, who currently drives for Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso, will take the place of fellow countryman Webber when he leaves the sport to take part in the World Endurance Championship.
Team principal Christian Horner said Ricciardo was “very talented, committed, has great attitude and in the end it was a very logical choice”.
“He’s got all the attributes that are required to drive for our team. He’s got a great natural ability, he’s a good personality and a great guy to work with.
“Daniel knows what the team expects. He’ll learn quickly and it’s very much a medium- to long-term view that we’re taking in developing him.
“The seat within the team is a wonderful opportunity and I think he’s going to be a big star of the future.”
Daniel was chosen over possible candidates Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and current stable-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
It remains to be seen whether he can cope with the added pressure of driving for a front-running team competing regularly with rivals such as Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
In his career at Toro Rosso, Ricciardo has occasionally produced highly impressive qualifying performances, including a 5th place qualification at this years British Grand Prix, but has struggled to be as convincing in races.
Raikkonen is a proven winner but was demanding a bigger salary than the Australian, might have been less compliant if the team had asked to play second fiddle to Sebastian and the team had questions over his willingness to work hard on the technicalities of F1.
“Next year I’ll be with a championship-winning team, arguably the best team, and will be expected to deliver. I’m ready for that. I’m not here to run around in 10th place, I want to get the best results for myself and the team.” Ricciardo said,
“It will be a great challenge to be up against Sebastian Vettel; I’m looking forward to that.
“My aim is to finish this season as strong as possible, for myself and Scuderia Toro Rosso. Then, once the off-season is here, I’ll be fully focused on next year and the next stage of my career.”
By Jordan Groves Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing Follow Jordan on twitter at www.twitter.com/jgroves1996