Ricciardo to Replace Webber at Red Bull Racing in 2014 [Video]
Despite rumors claiming that former world champion Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) will join the Milton Keynes-headquartered team in 2014, Red Bull announced that Daniel Ricciardo will be the one to ride along defending world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The 24-year-old Australian arrive in Formula One in 2011, spending half a year with Hispania Racing (HRT) and two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Ricciardo has 42 Formula One starts and 22 career points to his name, but has yet to win a race or score a podium.
"Obviously there's a lot of excitement running through me. Since joining Formula One in 2011, I hoped this would happen and over time the belief in me has grown,” Ricciardo 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 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,” team principal Christian Horner added.