2011 British Grand Prix
HRT team principal Colin Kolles lavished praise on his new driver Daniel Ricciardo, calling him “one of the greatest talents in motorsport”.
Ricciardo will make his F1 race debut for the team this weekend, taking the place of Narain Karthikeyan.
Kolles said: “I am very proud and happy to conclude the deal with Red Bull Racing and to welcome Daniel to our team.
“He is one of the greatest talents in motorsport and we hope to give him a lot of mileage in order to prepare him for the future.”
Ricciardo said he aims to finish as many races as possible for HRT: “I?óÔé¼Ôäóm very happy to have my first Formula 1 race coming up in Silverstone.
“It means a lot to me. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure, as many of us here, we dream it as kids but don?óÔé¼Ôäót really believe that one day it will actually happen! It will be a very special moment for me, perhaps a little emotional too.
“I am very happy with the deal. I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót think I would be racing an F1 car this season so for Red Bull to have found me a seat is awesome and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm grateful to have this opportunity and the support from both teams.
“Hopefully it won?óÔé¼Ôäót take me too long to adapt to the car, in the past I think I?óÔé¼Ôäóve adapted well to new environments and cars so I?óÔé¼Ôäóm confident that by the end of the weekend I will have made strong progress from the start.
“My aim is to finish as many races as I can and get the experience under my belt. I think this is most important for me as a young driver, experience is priceless. Of course, I would also love to bring the car and the team further up the grid and have some successful races.
“For the Silverstone weekend I think my first aim is to finish, physically and mentally this will be a good reward and all part of the learning process.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been following Hispania?óÔé¼Ôäós progress this year but it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to really know how a team is going unless you are involved and know the inside and outs. But I am sure they have improved since their debut season last year and this improvement seems like it?óÔé¼Ôäós going in the right direction.
“I think they are doing as well as they could be. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót recall any team coming into F1 and proving to be dominant immediately, it takes time. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve met [Vitantonio Liuzzi] a few times and I think I can learn a lot from him as he is very experienced in F1, he?óÔé¼Ôäós a cool guy. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve never met so Narain so I can?óÔé¼Ôäót say much about him but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure he?óÔé¼Ôäós a cool guy too.
“As for Britain, I love London, I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós one of the best cities in the world, there is so much to do, so many cultures and great places to go. I love the circuit because of the high speed nature. I love high speed corners and at Silverstone they all flow very well and you can pick up a great rhythm. The Maggots-Becketts section is my favourite.
“I had probably my best ever race on this circuit back in June 2008. I was racing Formula Renault Eurocup and I won the race on the last lap with a few corners to go. We were far from the quickest all weekend but pulled something out of the bag in the last race and it was a big underdog performance.”
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