On Monday Red Bull Racing made it official. Daniel Ricciardo will take over the vacated seat left by Mark Webber at the end of 2013 when he leaves to drive sports cars. Ricciardo is said to have signed a multi-year deal and will drive alongside three-time defending Formula 1 World Champion and current points leader Sebastein Vettel.
“I feel very, very good at the moment and obviously there’s a lot of excitement running through me,” Ricciardo said. “Since joining F1 in 2011, I hoped this would happen and over time the belief in me has grown. 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.”
In 42 career F1 races, 11 for HRT F1 Team in 2011 and 31 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012 and 2013, Ricciardo has scored 22 championship points.
“It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014. He’s a very talented youngster, he’s committed, he’s got a great attitude and in the end it was a very logical choice for us,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “He joined the Red Bull Junior Team in 2008 and we’ve seen in his junior career in Formula 3 and Renault World Series that he’s capable of winning races and championships. He’s stood out in each of these categories and we’ve followed his progress with great interest.”
The announcement to go with the 24-year-old from Australia puts an end to rumors of Kimi Raikkonen or Fernando Alonso joining Red Bull Racing.
Toro Rosso said they will take their time in choosing a replacement for Ricciardo's seat in 2014.
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