Ricciardo confirmed as Webber’s Red Bull successor

2014 F1 season


Daniel Ricciardo will take over from Mark Webber at Red Bull next year, the team have confirmed. The announcement was made on Red Bull’s Servus TV channel.

Ricciardo, who made his F1 debut for HRT in 2011, will partner Sebastian Vettel next year.

“I feel very, very good at the moment and obviously there’s a lot of excitement running through me,” said Ricciardo. “Since joining F1 in 2011, I hoped this would happen and over time the belief in me has grown; I had some good results and Red Bull has decided that this is it, so it’s a good time.”

“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 tenth place, I want to get the best results for myself and the team. I would like to thank the team for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do.

“I know the team quite well already since being its reserve driver in 2010, which should make the transition easier. 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 focussed on next year and the next stage of my career.”

Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “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 to choose Daniel.”

“He joined the Red Bull Junior Team in 2008 and we’ve seen in his junior career in Formula Three 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.

“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 from him; 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.”

Kimi Raikkonen was in the running for the seat but in the end the team opted for Ricciardo, as Adrian Newey explained:

“We could have taken an experienced driver, somebody guaranteed to deliver to a relatively known level, or equally we could take on a much younger driver in the hope that they’ll develop to a very high level. We looked at the latter option and concluded that of the younger drivers, Daniel is the most promising.

“From Red Bull’s point of view that also fits well because the driver that Christian and I feel is the most promising is part of the Red Bull young driver programme.

“The decision actually reminded me a little bit of a similar situation we had when I was at Williams. Nigel Mansell was leaving and we needed someone alongside Alain Prost. We could stick with Riccardo Patrese or take a punt on a young driver called Damon Hill who was our test driver at the time. I think it’s good to bring young blood in and give promising drivers a chance.”

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195 comments on Ricciardo confirmed as Webber’s Red Bull successor

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  1. ken (@kenke) said on 3rd September 2013, 21:58

    2014,Red bull be like
    Dan, we believe it’s a ker’s issue
    Dan, Seb is faster than you,hope u understand that messsage
    Dan, ehh gear box failure,return the car to the pits in 2 gear please,sorry
    Dan, We have a problem with Hydraulics drive with caution

    • Let’s see how DR’s starts go if he’s close to SB on the grid… I don’t remember MW having consistantly bad starts at Williams, Jaguar or RB pre Vettel. I may be wrong.

      • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 5th September 2013, 0:23

        @kenke @dirk Oh not these conspiracy theories again… is there actually any evidence of this being true? And yes, Webber has made bad starts well before Red Bull, he put a Jaguar on the front row once only to slip to the midfield by the end of the first lap >_> There are definitely moments when Webber didn’t botch the start (Sepang 2013, Monaco 2013 and Nurburing 2013 and in the latter 2 he started right behind Vettel) but for most of the part he messes up. Why do people find so many excuses for Webber? Nobody raises questions when Vettel gets mechanical failures (Especially in 2010) but when Webber gets them it’s like ‘ZOMG HE GETS INFERIOR MACHINERY!!!1!1′ >_> Vettel is simply the better driver, it’s that simple and anyone who can’t accept that is just delusional.

  2. ken (@kenke) said on 3rd September 2013, 22:04

    RB 10 !!!!

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