Red Bull Racing have officially confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will replace fellow countryman Mark Webber in the driver’s seat from 2014.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner announced Ricciardo’s appointment for next season in a statement.
“It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014,” he said.
“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’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 24-year-old Toro Rosso driver from Perth is excited about the opportunity to drive for one of the most successful teams in the competition
“I feel very, very good at the moment and obviously there’s a lot of excitement running through me,” Ricciardo said.
Only the fourth Australian to drive with an F1 team, he is confident that he has the ability to stand on the podium next year.
“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.”
“Since joining F1 in 2011, I hoped this would happen and over time the belief in me has grown,” Ricciardo said.
“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.”
“It will be a great challenge to be up against Sebastian Vettel, I’m looking forward to that.”