Red Bull Racing have confirmed Daniel Ricciardo to replace fellow Australian, Mark Webber in 2014.
Opting to give a younger driver a chance over a more experienced one has proven that Red Bull are at least serious about its young driver commitment.
Ricciardo has driven two full seasons with Red Bull’s sister and young driver development team, Toro Rosso.
Red Bull team principle told ESPN news,
“(Ricciardo’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 3 and Renault World Series that he’s capable of winning races and championships.”
Ricciardo himseld added,
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….once the off-season is here, I’ll be fully focussed on next year and the next stage of my career.”
With Ricciardo’s promotion now confirmed, all rumors of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen taking the vacant Red Bull seat have been extinguished.
Why Raikkonen did not claim the vacant seat is a question many will be asking for a long time to come.