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Posted By: James Allen  |  02 Sep 2013   |  9:13 pm GMT  |  293 comments

Red Bull today finally confirmed the worst kept secret of the season; that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber as team mate to Sebastian Vettel next season.

The team says this deal, which puts the 24 year old from Perth Australia into a winning car with a great opportunity to make a name for himself is a ‘multi-year agreement.’

It was important for the Red Bull young driver programme that another graduate hit the top of the ladder as it hasn’t produced a world beater since Vettel in 2008/9. Many young drivers have fallen by the wayside since then.

According to Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost, “When Dietrich Mateschitz acquired the team that became Toro Rosso, his stated aim was that it should be the final step in the training of young drivers, with the eventual goal of graduating to the “senior” team.

“Daniel’s move thus vindicates the work of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme and also proves that we at Toro Rosso have given him a good racing education.”

Ricciardo drove for the team at the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone in July and impressed with his consistency. His speed was already known from previous young driver tests and from his performances with Toro Rosso.


At the recent Belgian Grand Prix, Webber told Australian Network 10 TV that the decision was already made, but Ricciardo insisted that he had yet to be informed, although he hinted that he was feeling quite confident he’d done enough to get the seat.

Only this evening has team boss Christian Horner confirmed it with a short statement.

“It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014, ” said Horner. “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 3 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.”

Adrian Newey commented, “Since Mark announced his retirement, Christian and I have been looking carefully at the driver market, along with Helmut Marko and Dietrich Mateschitz. 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.”

“I feel very, very good at the moment, ” said Ricciardo. “And obviously there’s a lot of excitement running through me. 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.”

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  1. Sri says:

    If it was Ricciardo all along, why announce this late? It is obvious that RB chased a few others and that did not work out as they would like it to be. Now they paint a picture that they always wanted Ricciardo as a long term prospect. They have to show to the world that it is they who made a decision rather than accepting “leftovers”.

    1. SteveS says:

      Agreed. I think they wanted Kimi, were unable to land him, and DR was their second choice. Still happy for the lad though.

      1. Aussie F1 says:

        Disagreed. Deal was done and decision made a while ago, hence Mark Webbers comments at Belgium, but they had to wait for the final signoff from the BIG Red Bull boss Mr M, which didnt happen until this week.

      2. dean cassady says:

        Disagree strongly.
        Deal was done a while ago.
        As many commentators, here, have pointed out, in previous articles, many infrastructure changes had already been made, most tellingly, the media packaging had already been changed to include Ricciardo.
        This indicates Red Bull did not necessarily want the best driver for the job, but a driver to fit into a specific ‘not-rocking-the-boat’ number 2, to support their star package.
        Is it marketing driving driver selection, over capability?
        Could very well include the unsettling of rival team, as I think many will agree, Christian Horner seemed to be enjoying the vicegrip on the media attention over the summer break, and in retrospect, was unrelenting in psychological tactics to undermine rival teams.
        Well, we’ll see how it goes.
        I wouldn’t be surprised seeing Webber go before the end of this year, unfortunately.

      3. Sebee says:

        That would be a harsh was to say bye to Webber and would do little for fan sentiment toward RBR. Obviously the goal of RBR effort here is to appeal to the customers, and Webber is well liked and respected.

        Where do you put the odds? I think perhaps only if WDC and WCC are wrapped up early, and only if Webber can be convinced to convince us it’s his decision to step aside. Or perhaps if Webber does something “shameful” like not move over. :-)

      4. puffing says:

        @ dan cassady
        Very much agreeing with you in all of your points here.

      5. dean cassady says:

        Sebee: in response (thank you for the insightful question): when has it NOT been harsh towards Webber? As I’ve stated several times, in these pages, the statistical anomolies with Webber RB car issues, that adversely affected the car’s performance, regardless of who was driving it, versus the same for the Vettel RB, is highly improbable.
        However that may be, it seems like Webber has the respect at the top of the RB empire; so I’d say 50:50 to Webber going early; the RB drivers’ championship 2013 is statistically high probability now, as is the manufacturers’ title, where the bulk of the risk (in my opinion) would be, if they changed drivers early.
        To perfectly clear, I do NOT think Ricciardo is a match for Webber; if he gets similar frequency of car issues (which he may well NOT get), then his results will be below Webber’s.

    2. Matt Shea says:

      There’s a good (pay walled) piece over on Autosport talking about it being a ploy to unsettle rival teams. i.e. the longer negotiations seemingly drag out the more tension it creates between Ferrari and Alonso and Lotus and Kimi.

      http://plusbeta.autosport.com/premium/feature/5510/how-horner-holds-the-key-to-the-driver-market/

      1. Skan says:

        Christain Horner is setting up a bad precedent. The top drivers would think twice before talking to him in the future.

    3. Matthew Cheshire says:

      Horner was just using the situation to his advantage. Stirring up Ferrari and making sure Lotus had to pay top dollar for Kimi. Well played to him.

      He must have been sure Daniel wouldn’t wilt under the pressure – and it’s a good test that he didn’t.

      True to form, Webber had no appetite for the politics and told the truth, again. Like an older kid telling Horner to stop pulling the wings off flies.

      1. Horoldo says:

        Agree.
        I think Horner would have liked to drag it out as much as possible.
        After all, with other drivers in the title fight having this in the background and teams like lotus having to potentially throw more money at drivers to keep them, so less money to spend on development.
        I would too.
        especially if the guy I planned on hiring wasn’t going anywhere anyway.

    4. MikeyB says:

      Way to miss the point. Red Bull generated huge amounts of free brand publicity during the summer break when there was supposedly nothing of F1 interest to report. At the same time they may well have created some internal dissension within the teams of two of Vettel’s leading competitors. Definately a win/win situation for the Bulls – well played!

    5. TheLollipopMan says:

      Rubbish. They took advantage of the situation to mess with the psychology of other drivers and teams, and distract them from car development and driver negotiations. It is silly season after all, and the No.2 Red Bull is the hottest seat in the championship. It was a foregone conclusion Dan would get the job because he’s fast, compliant and loyal. Kimi and ‘Nando’s self-centred hotheadedness would rip the team apart – the last thing it would want.

      1. Elie says:

        The Iceman “hotheaded”…pffff. Everyone else gets hot headed cause of his speed— he doesn’t give a s…

      2. I read that as “Alonso’s hotheadedness combined with Kimi’s presence would rip the team apart.”

        That, I agree with.

    6. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      Don’t know if he will be better than WEBBER, I don’t think so.

      RICCIARDO will have all our support (since he’s the first well placed to beat VETTEL…).

      I insist Red Bull will be weak in 2014 with RICCIARDO. That’s good for other teams… :)

  2. Juzh says:

    webber #2

    1. No – I think he has more potential. He is less emotional and more measured in his approach and will take the time to develop himself to become a world champ. Sure, he is clearly going to be a number 2 for a couple of years so he can take the time to support Vettel but also fully establish himself within the team, pick up good finishes (maybe even a win or two when Vettel has an off day) and be in the prime position for when (if) Vettel’s long rumoured move to Ferrari happens. Then he can pick up the team leader mantle and show us what he is really made of.

      1. dean cassady says:

        No, closer to a pale Webber#2.

      2. Sebee says:

        So harsh today dean. Did you buy an RBR Raikkonen hat at your local Chinese Flea Market and regret the investment?

        Isn’t Daniel by Elton John one of The Stig’s favorites?

        If The Stig can set hot power laps to Daniel, perhaps Daniel can too.

      3. Sebee says:

        OH SNAP! It just came to me.

        Is Jaime (works for BBC already with you James, right?), also The Stig?!

        Oh, he’s so busted!

        Some say he’s trying to find a way to make radios faster. Some say he likes to eat something the Canadians call a poutine. All we know is he’s called The Stig, and he loves to listen to Daniel!

      4. James Allen says:

        No, he did 10 races in 2012 with us

      5. dean cassady says:

        Sebee: as you know from our other discussions, I am a big fan of Webber; he’s my favourite, after the Iceman; the Iceman, only because he’s the fastest, and truest (in my opinion) racer.
        I know, I know (I can already hear the indignant Lewy and Alonso Media Corporation shill arguing), advantage at the top is slim and on a race-by-race, possibly even moment by moment basis.
        The only thing we really know at the end of the day is that one driver has got the best out of his car in the most situations in the past four years, and regardless of the doubters, he’s got the most out of his car for the last four years.
        Despite that, I think Kimi is the best driver.

  3. Lee says:

    Helmut Marko & Seb Vettel run RBR not Horner.

    Expect RBR to adopt Schuey era model for as long as Vettel is there. Ricciardo might get some scraps.

    1. SteveS says:

      Assuming that turns out to be true, it will mean that Red bull will be run the same way Lotus, Mercedes, and Ferrari presently are, with a clear Number 1 and Number 2 driver. I don’t see any reason for outrage.

      1. Lee says:

        Who’s outraged? Just making an observation.

      2. Bart says:

        To me, it doesn’t seem there’s clear No. 1 and No. 2 driver

      3. Dave C says:

        You’re absolutely right Steve those teams have that exact structure and if anything Webber was allowed the biggest challenge to Seb than those team’s number 2′s especially in the case of Massa and Rosberg. What if Ricciardo proves to be quicker than Seb like he is in the simulator? Interesting.

      4. Juzh says:

        Rubens was also quicker than michael in the simulator ;)

      5. Lee says:

        He won’t.

      6. dean cassady says:

        Lotus don’t really have a favouring policy.
        Mercedes haven’t admitted it yet, though they certainly do.

    2. Valentino from montreal says:

      Nothing wrong with the Schumacher model .. It proved very successful to both parties , Ferrari and Schumacher ..

      Still , I’m glad it’s not Alonso … Woohoo !

      1. Elie says:

        You forgot 1 party- Massa- oh that’s right he does not count right.

      2. Lee says:

        Didn’t say there was anything wrong with it. It’s been proven as a very effective strategy.

    3. **Paul** says:

      Dietrich Mateschitz runs Red Bull. Not Marko and certainly not Vettel. If it was Vettel Webber would have got the boot post 2010, yet here we are in 2013 and Webber is still there.

      Interesting that Red Bull appear to be taking a Ferrari style route and having one driver who is the obvious team leader. You have to say that it has served Ferrari very well in recent years, Massa letting Alonso past, taking a gear box pen and trying out that ‘alternative strategy’ in race conditions has enabled them to be in the mix towards the end of the season. I think if McLaren had done that last year then Lewis would have taken the championship, and I’m sure Alonso would have taken it in 2007 if McLaren hadn’t spent nearly as much time trying to shaft Fernando as they did on trying to win!

      All that said it’s a shame that Vettel won’t have a top top team mate alongside him (unless Ricciardo is actually that good – and we can’t tell because of his machinery). I do tend to think most drivers are fairly evenly matched though. Lewis vs FA, then JB (who was fairly equal with Rubens) and now NR (outpaced by Webber @ Williams) suggests there isn’t much between any of these guys.

      1. Lee says:

        Ha ha power doesn’t correspond to job title but unfortunately power doesn’t trump a little thing called a legal contract. If they had tried to show Webber the door I’m sure he’d have responded with ‘see you in court’.

      2. Bryce says:

        He was only on single year contracts for the last few years by his choosing, so your door was often open.

      3. Lee says:

        And? The situation has evolved. They first clashed in 2010 when both were merely promising drivers, and neither had won a title. They rubbed along well enough until the multi21 incident earlier this year. Now Seb is a 3 time WC, he’s a marketing dream, particularly for Red Bull in Germany. He currently holds a huge card in the drivers market. Okay Kimi appears to be prostituting himself around even F1 team with a sniff of the podium, and don’t get me wrong he’s a quality driver, but he isn’t part of the holy trinity of Hamilton, Alonso, and Vettel. Seb knows that he is in a very strong position at RBR these days. He’s a triple champ, he holds great sway in many corporate boardroom in terms of his marketing poetntial and he knows that the other two A league drivers are both tied into contracts with other teams.

        Vettel runs RBR. The fact that Webber has only had single year contracts is irrelevant. He crossed swords with Seb earlier in the year and now he’s gone. We’re told it was his choice, face saving for a proud and well respected driver. Schuey has Vettels ear and Vettel currently feels u touchable in that team. Vettel sees his best chance of beating Schuey is copying him. He’s a stone cold killer, every top sportsman is. Sure he likes Kimi but I bet Riccardo was his choice. A nice compliant No. 2, a wingman who exists only to help him win WC No. 4, 5,6…….;

      4. Martin says:

        Not sure about Hamilton last year winning – Australia would have been one of the few races where the order could have been easily reversed and Hamilton benefit. Hamilton’s McLaren failing several times and pit stop errors won’t be removed by team orders.

        My feeling is Ricciardo won’t be too far off in one lap pace. Over a stint versus Vettel might be more of a challenge.

      5. Timmay says:

        The psychological impact of being treated as a number 1 would have seen Lewis lock that title in. Instead for more than half the season there was competition on setup with Button and consistent (accurate) rumours that he was going to leave for Mercedes or Red Bull.

  4. Rachael says:

    The year’s worst kept secret.

    About time an announcement was made. I normally enjoy the intrigue, but this one was getting a bit silly.

    Congratulations to Daniel. I believe he deserves it. He has answered every challenge that Red Bull has thrown at him.

    1. blackmamba says:

      A classic case of stating the bleeding obvious from Redbull!

    2. KRB says:

      Daniel complements Vettel on baseball cap bill preference … RIC flat bill, VET curved bill.

      Similar consideration in place at Ferrari: ALO flat, MAS curved.

  5. Matt Halliday says:

    Know they stay loyal to their programme but this kid isn’t quite ready I feels to warrant a top car.
    Time will tell if I’m wrong but I feel this is more to do with keeping a harmonious team and keeping momentum. They’ll be there next year but will Ricciardo keep the red bull machine points ticking along as well as webber has ? Hmmm who knows could be a missed opportunity for a great pairing of alonso /vettel or raikkonen / vettel

    1. Rossco says:

      Do you mean Webbers poor starts, poor qualifying, and only coming back in the races to get limited points. When was the last time Webber had a win? Or even a second place?

      Ricciardo will do better than Webber I believe. And he has more raw speed to work with.

      1. Gudien says:

        Not quite sure Ricciardo is quicker than Webber. Nice to see Red Bull finally decide. I was beginning to think Horner, Newey, and Marko were waiting for Massa!

      2. Racyboy says:

        He should do better than Webber, he’s still younger than Mark was when he entered F1.

        It took Mark about 8yrs to get a winning
        car..and he had to help build a championship winning team to get that car.

        Dan drops his butt straight into a Multiple Championship winning team after a couple of years in the sport…not too shabby.

        I hope he does well and I fully expect him to, but to compare his career with Webber is just naive.

      3. I agree. And RBR are playing the long game with Ricciardo.

      4. Tlux says:

        Well webber should have won Malaysia…

      5. Veteran says:

        Why? Because he was slower?

      6. Jeff says:

        Malaysia, and if you delved into some facts you would have read about some clutch issues that have been plaguing him, just like KERS used to.

      7. Chris Ralph says:

        Have to take you to task a bit there, sunshine.
        I’ll allow you leeway on the starts, but the Webber qualifying has always been strong, even on shabbier mounts than a TR. Don’t think he had a lack of speed.
        He was/is a great F1ambassador for Oz, where being a top bloke who plays fair has more importance than being a killer winner.
        I am sure Daniel will carry on the tradition of true Aussie Grit and make us equally proud and maybe even more so. It’s the job of the young to outshine the old, otherwise we go backwards …

      8. Kevin says:

        Well said mate!

      9. Veteran says:

        Please watch 2011 again to see how poor Webbers performance was.

      10. Nick says:

        Silverstone 2013 2nd, Malaysia 2013 2nd, Monaco 3rd. China is only race he hasn’t been in the points this year.

        Alonso and Ferrari show us that you need to have both drivers consistently score points….and a massive part of Red Bull having 3 consecutive Constructors Championship is the fact that Webber scores points and keeps the team at the front.

        Webber has had his demons, but I’m sick of people saying he hasn’t got it and shouldn’t be there….frankly I think he’s been disillusioned since 2010 when he should’ve won the Championship, but the team went at supported Vettel instead and that set the slide in motion.

        There have been a lot of great drivers in F1 who never won a championship, Webber counts among them. You don’t negotiate a contract directly with the owner of Red Bull if you dont have a bit of talent.

      11. Ross says:

        He lost the 2010 championship with spinning in Korea 2010 when he was in the lead. Then following it up with a poor qualifying in Abu Dhabi, where Seb was the underdog to win the championship. But again, he must have had Red Bull do something to his car on purpose so it span out, and then qualify poorly?

        http://www.streetfire.net/video/2010-f1-korea-mark-webber-crash-into-rosberg_2077122.htm

        Whenever Seb finished 1st, Webber should have been 2nd. Every time. And vice versa. They have the fastest car… He had a few gremlins with his car, but probably due to his weight and height, which Newey has said it’s REALLY difficult to fit a F1 car design around someone that big. His ideal driver would be 1.6m and 65kg…

      12. Elie says:

        Mark Webber has often qualified a few hundredths off Seb- he is certainly no slouch.. I think Daniel will take a while to be that good and even longer to learn racecraft..Something Mark has bucket loads of.

      13. Dave C says:

        You’ll find out just how fast Webber is/was next year when Ricciardo looks way ordinary and Mark takes pole at Le Mans, in F1 today on raw 1 lap pace the only 2 drivers that are faster than Webber are Vettel and maybe Hamilton, this Ricciardo is not a kid he will be 25 next year by that time Vettel and Alonso were multiple world champions and he’s got to prove his talent or fast end up like Kovalainen.

      14. dean cassady says:

        Statistically, I believe you, or anyone else, would find the occurances of issues (compromising package potential, regardless of driver) with Mark Webber’s car, compared to the occurances of such issues with Sebastian Vettel’s car, improbable.

    2. gaimcap says:

      I honestly believe he’s way more ready than Sergio was. Will he be a superstar? I’m not so sure… But I do think he’ll do well, and don’t think he’ll embarrass the car.

      1. Dave C says:

        If a driver like Webber can often underperform in the Redbull I’m sure so will Ricciardo, how often is the question.

    3. JK says:

      Yeah.. Sigh…
      No disrespect to Dan, Australia or any other up-and-coming drivers for that matter…

      Can’t help but feel disappointed.

      No one gives a toss about the Jr programme except for those running it or involved in it.

      Real talents scream out loud by themselves, without having some funky and artificial environments thrusting them upwards into places where they do not deserve to be.

      Once again, no skin off Dan’s nose. I would have been equally disappointed had it been Hulkenburg.

      With such rich casting of ‘known’ talented drivers, and with this golden era nearing sunset, this was one of the last opportunities to see them go head to head in equal environment, without having outside factors like chassis and engine determine who is the best.

      With so much disparity between teams financial situation and performance, there is a side of me as a F1 fan that simply cannot tolerate it anymore.

      Number of race seats that can ACTUALLY challenge for the championship is always limited in any given year. This has always been the case. And for once, it seemed as if we might be blessed with a bumper harvest season where they were occupied by known talents.

      Had RB and Ferrari filled the #2 seat with someone substantial, It would have been the most memorable season, despite how the on-track action would have panned out.

      Unfortunately, we now have to resort to ‘PLAN B’ which is to think long and hard about how to artificially turn the championship into an exciting spectacle.

      If Vettel bags it again, there would be a never-answered ‘what-ifs’ as to his true ability.

      As long as F1 is under the guise of 2 championships, the split interests will always make the other side suffer.

      If only more emphasis was placed on constructors championship, and teams acted as if they cared about that only… Then as a natural by-product we have a better chance of knowing who was the best driver that year.

      End of rant.
      I just wanted to see another year of the muddy stuff a la Alonso-Hamilton and Senna-Prost.

      1. Elie says:

        Totally agree. More engineered entertainment, more fans saying their driver is the best, more BS and no substance. I hope Red Bull see the back of Hamilton and Rosbergs car all of next season !

      2. Bryce says:

        Relax, try not to get too upset just because they did not want Kimi.

      3. Elie says:

        Has more to do with seeing 2 proven drivers take on other 2 proven drivers

      4. Peter says:

        Agree 100%.

      5. Tealeaf says:

        What you said is exactly what the Hamilton fan club wanted, they don’t want Kimi to go to Redbull and get absolutely destroyed by Vettel hence proving clear as day Vettel is the best on the grid, instead funnily enough they were all saying ‘oh bring in Ricciardo otherwise whats the point of the young driver program’ they got their wish and they will continue to use the car excuse for Seb winning and secretly hope for the bonus of Ricciardo out performing Seb. The facts are clear though Newey cars are overrated and drivers like Kimi couldn’t win the title in 1 of them for years nor could Webber, Vettel would automatically be the title favourites if he signed for Ferrari next season and why? Because the experts all know deep down he is the best in F1 right now.

      6. Angelina says:

        +1000

      7. dean cassady says:

        …though there is little doubt that he is in the top elite of three or four drivers.

      8. Omar says:

        I think if Kimi had gone to Redbull he would be the one to destroy Vettel, and When Kimi was driving Adrian Newey’s McClarens he didnt have the total reliability that Vettel enjoys or Kimi would have won in 2002 & 2005 making him a 3 times world champion a la Vettel

      9. Omar says:

        If you take Vettel to Ferrari then his results would be worse than Alonso’s, but if you put Lewis or Fernando or Kimi in a Redbull, then I believe Vettel might never win another race again

      10. Sujith says:

        The best driver in F1 right now is still waiting to win a Grand Prix starting from below P3. All the other world champions on the grid have done it at least once. Kimi has done it 2 times after his come back!

      11. Andrew says:

        This is nonsense. If Vettel was so wonderful he would have dominated in the lower formulas like Prost, Senna, Hamilton etc did.

        He was nothing but a good driver in lower formulas, not a world beater.

        All the evidence is that Webber has declined badly as drivers tend to do as they get older.

      12. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        VETTEL best in Ferrari? Dream on. Facts are he is best in his Red Bull, period.

      13. KRB says:

        I’m a Hamilton fan who would’ve loved to see Kimi, Alonso, or Hamilton alongside Vettel at Red Bull.

        I think Ricciardo has natural speed though, it will be fun to watch and see how they get on next year.

    4. Jet says:

      Hmmm… not sure about this. I don’t think he could get much more out of the Toro Rosso. He doesn’t make huge mistakes and generates good pace. He may not be freakingly quick like Vettel / Hamilton, but here is his chance to prove that he is a ‘smart’ driver like Alonso, Button and Raikkonen. I’m not expecting him to win the championship next year, but I am expecting him to outperform Grosjean, Massa(if he stays… :-)) and Perez and perhaps contend with Rosberg. Yes, he is in a Red Bull car, but it is a different car and it will take him some time. We will see him on the podium at some stage next year, perhaps a win.

    5. Danny says:

      I think your wrong Tim,

      Alonso, Kimi and Lewis were all to inexperienced to have a top flight drive, all champions.

      I think he will put a lot of pressure on Vettle and that can only be a good thing.

  6. Paul says:

    What an excellent way to start a morning while making coffee! I’m sure Dan will do Australia proud!

    I hope he doesn’t falter too much under the pressure, though I’m sure it will hit him a little

    1. Hutch says:

      Here’s hoping for a competitive 2014 car and a few upsets of Vettel dominance!

  7. Anne says:

    Congrats to Ricciardo. What about Kimi now?

    1. blackmamba says:

      One hopes Kimi hasn’t burnt his bridges at Lotus!

    2. Pete says:

      Ferrari? I know its unlikely, but I think Kimi seriously wants to leave Lotus (without James Allison)…Would hate to see such a talent in a slow car, and I think Ferrari might be slow next year, but still faster than Lotus.

    3. Chris Chong says:

      There’s a seat open at Torro Rosso now~!

      :D

      1. Timmay says:

        Kimi should join the RedBull Young Drivers Academy & eat icecream.

    4. Kirk says:

      I think some of us wanted some surprise about the drivers market, but I fell that nothing else will happen, I mean, Red Bull choice was the easiest one to maintain their current situation, Ferrari is saying they want to keep Massa and they have been talking too much about Alonso’s abilities just to get a top driver near him, they are too political. So nothing will happen, Ricciardo to Red Bull, Massa in Ferrari and Kimi in Lotus.

  8. Brian Hinder says:

    Well done young man.

    You’ve done Australia proud.

    Now drive fast!

    1. bearforce1 says:

      Yay. Finally a positive comment.

      Wooohoooo, congratulations to Dan. I cannot imagine how he must be feeling. Man, he just got himself a seat in F1, Not only that but he got himself a seat with the team that is the best, the most coveted by drivers including Lewis, Kimmi and Alonso.

      I imagine that smile of Dan’s won’t be going away any time soon. He is such a good ambassador for us Aussies.

      I have no idea of how good or great Dan will be but he will have a go and have the best chance anyone could ask for.

      Go Dan…..

      1. Simon Haynes says:

        +1 you said it better than I could.

      2. Greg (Aus) says:

        +1

        Can’t wait to see what he is capable of in the car.

        Congratulations Dan and best of luck!

  9. bronwyn collier says:

    So excited for him. Congratulations Daniel.

    1. bearforce1 says:

      Me tooo….

  10. EA says:

    Not bad for a #2 driver ;)

    Neither Kimi or Alonso have compatible contracts with Vettel’s.

    1. dean cassady says:

      interesting.
      what do you know?

  11. dufus says:

    Congratulations Daniel.
    Good luck and most of all you need to assert yourself against Vettel at every opportunity in order to not become a #2. You must do this early.

  12. Simmo says:

    Congratulations to Ricciardo, he has done well.

    I recon that now most of the talk will about Ferrari, in particular, Felipe Massa, seeing as this has now been anounced, so it will be interesting to see how this places them under pressure. But I would be very interested to know who’s next in line for Ricciardo’s seat at Toro Rosso. Does anybody have any knowledge on this?

    1. Clear View says:

      Think its Carlo Saintz Jr but heard one of the Red Bull GP2 boys has impressed this season too, can’t for the life of me remeber his name lol.

      1. James Allen says:

        Da Costa looks likely for Ricciardo’s seat

      2. TheLollipopMan says:

        Yes. Anyone doubting Felix de Costa’s abilities should watch his F3 win in Macau last year. Blizted the field in one of the world’s hardest races. Horner and Marko big fans.

  13. Random 79 says:

    Congratulations Dan, good to finally have it confirmed :)

  14. David C says:

    Congrats to DR and RBR for giving a young driver a chance instead of splashing the big bucks!!! It’s great to see a team who back their youth policy and next season will have 2 drivers they have nurtured since a young age. It will be interesting to see who gets the STR second seat and who the next young driver redbull will promote will be although I suspect it’s gonna be de costa. I really hope DR exceeds expectations and challenges SV next year. Best of Luck mate!!!

    1. bearforce1 says:

      Yep, it is great. As the number one team they could have gone and bought the mos expensive driver on the market but they didn’t.

      It is kinda funny that RedBull actually contribute more to F1 than any other team/organisation and people still whinge and whine about the team.

      This team contributes massively to upcoming drivers and training and not just through their own teams.

      RedBull is a really positive company from what
      I see.

  15. Richard says:

    Daniel is such a nice guy how can one not wish him well! We won’t really know just how good he is for a while until he settles in the team and get’s up to speed in the car, but he’s young and I daresay a quick learner. Next year it’s all change for everyone with new car characteristics to learn. It would be interesting if he proves to be just as fast as Vettel, because if that proves to be the case then sparks are bound to fly. – Oh! I do hope so.

  16. AlexD says:

    Couple of obvious points:
    Vettel and Marko are managing the teams, Horner is looking after their interests.
    Vettel would never feel comfortable with great drivers like Kimi or Alonso.

    I only hope that Ferrari does it and signs Kimi to have two great drivers for next year

    1. Sebee says:

      AlexD,

      Vettel is soon to be 4 time WDC. May I suggest that it is Alonso’s or Kimi’s responsibility to show they deserve the privilege to drive along side him in the same team.

      Also a solid argument can be made to ensure he has #1 treatment regardless of who is in #2 car and team mate choice. He’s the most successful driver on the grid please remember. I know it may be hard fact to swallow for some, but it is a fact. With thay distinction come certain perks he likely should feel entitled to. Alonso feels he is entitled to them at Ferrari, I am sure Kimi feels same way at Lotus. Yet it is not correct for the #1 driver in F1 right now to not demand likewise?

      1. Sebee says:

        By the way….there is no proof Vettel has demanded anything let me remind everyone. Where as there is clear proof of the astonishing lengths Ferrari go to in accommodating Alonso for example. Yet everyone is googoo gaagaa over Alonso while talking down Vettel for at best same level of infraction as Alonso has demonstrated in demanding clear status and walking over Massa – proven WDC contender when given support by team.

      2. Omar says:

        Despite Vettel winning 3 world championshipns in a row, Most F1 experts would say that Fernando, Lewis and Kimi are the true great drivers in F1 while Vettel is just a good driver in a special car with adrian newey genious behind him

      3. Sebee says:

        Omar,

        So Alonso and Kimi didn’t benefit from good cars to win their spoils? Or from good designers, sneaky ideas?

        Alonso WDCs = dampeners in the front and if I remember some Polish software wiz guy who programed their amazing launch software – which was the envy of the paddock.

        Kimi = McLaren self destruction during SpyGate and I theorize some sort of McLaren surrender due to the rulling, etc.

      4. Ahmed says:

        Sebee 100% agree.
        In 10-15 years time, there will be a new generation of champion drivers, and the way things are going Vettel will be ranked among the greats along with Prost, Senna and Schumacher. Unless Alonso, Kimi and Lewis win more titles they will be remembered as good, but not Great!
        Remember out of the current generation, Vettel is younger and the scary thing is he’s getting better and better, so imagine in another 5 years???

      5. Bart says:

        Do you really think that Kimi and Alonso have still anything to prove?

      6. Sebee says:

        As far as driving skills go, certainly no.

        As far as how we keep score in F1, they both have work to do.

        The benchmark or yardstick if yo will, has been raised in this class by Ze Germans in recent years.

      7. Bart says:

        Sure, but ze Germans happened to have ze best cars, didn’t they.

      8. AlexD says:

        the way you worship Vettel is impressive

      9. Sebee says:

        Did I not say something factual here AlexD?

        Does Vettel not have more WDC than Alonso or Kimi? Soon perhaps more than both of them combined? Is there not an instance where for every act where Vettel is given special treatment Alonso is given even more?

        Vettel steals a win from Webber, Alonso has his team mate moved over for wins.

        Vettel takes Webber’s wing, Alonso has Massa’s transmission seal popped.

        Vettel sticks up a finger, Alonso makes his Bull horns – no longer allowed due to association with RBR.

        Look, I admire Vettel’s achievements as much as Alonso’s. The reason I posted what I posted is that I find the Alonso and Kimi love-in somewhat funny. Often fans choose to see certain drivers one way, others another way – while in reality they are all quite similar.

        For example, why do you assume that Vettel wouldn’t feel comfortable with “greats” like Alonso or Kimi, when in fact I could put forward a good case that Alonso and Kimi would not feel comfortable with a “great” who’s their junior?.

        Where you accuse me Vettel worship, I could accuse you of Vettel envy.

        You see my point?

        Really, balanced view is needed. I’m not saying that mine is balanced here. But I sometimes find the need to point out the other side to try and restore some balance.

      10. Omar says:

        2 wrongs dont make a right

      11. Sebee says:

        Oh yeah Omar?

        So why is Alonso Worship as rampant as Vettel Envy?

        Isn’t worship of a demigod who still decorates his bachelor pad with the illgotten 2008 Singapore Trophy a misquided fan practice? How much more wrong than that does it get?

        Now look what you’ve done Omar! You made me think of CrashGate again. Just when I say want to get out, it pulls me back in!

      12. Elie says:

        Sebee, it’s true that Vettel obviously has some pull in the team as any WC should but honestly your comment :-

        “Alonso’s or Kimi’s responsibility to show they deserve the privilege to drive along side him in the same team.”
        Is a complete toss.!! .. The biggest pipe dream in the history of all posts.

        Do you honestly believe what you posted or you just fishing?.. Alonso and Raikkonen have nothing to prove to anyone in F1 as they are the most respected drivers in the paddock.
        Alonso and Raikkonen were voted best drivers last year ahead of Vettel- by team principals and by their peers despite him winning his third title. Vettel despite all his success ( obviously deserved) is sadly not mentioned amongst the greats for a reason.

        If he does want to be “mentioned in the same breath” as these greats he needs to race against them..but I can just imagine Sebs behind the scenes comments :

        Horner :- We’re considering hiring Raikkonen
        Sebastian :- (in tears) – you can do that !!!- I will tell Helmut
        That I won’t race if he joins ! He’s already beating me in a Lotus for f/sake!!
        In Public:- It doesn’t matter who I race.
        Horner :- What about Daniel – no problem

      13. Sebee says:

        Elie,

        I’m not fishing. I’m simply putting forward a point of view, because I’m sick of this Kimi and Alonso love in. Sure, they are the senior guys in this class, and deserve the respect of their pears and fans. However, I’m tired of this “Vettel would be worried, or not comfortable, or not able” to face their presence.

        Kimi is 33. Alonso 32. Vettel 26. Are we comparing drivers with more seasons under their belts? It’s the same story as few articles back when the Vettel vs. Prost comparison was brought up in a post. In your mind you’re looking at Prost over his entire carrier. Vettel hs been here only 1/2, maybe even 1/3 of this F1 carrier.

        Same with Kimi and Alonso. What do they have left in them? 2 or 3 seasons maybe? Vettel has what left? 10 seasons? You can’t make such a comparison at this point unless you go back to Kimi at 26 and Alonso at 26, and you can can clearly and easily conclude Vettel is way better and has achieved way more while facing way fircer competitors. This is what many here fail to see and grasp.

        RBR/Vettel package is clever and fast, but are you telling me Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus aren’t throwing the kitchen sink at trying to stop him and RBR? Has Schumacher faced such competition and pressure at such young age? How is Vettel handling this?

        Come on, credit where credit is due. At this point Vettel is collecting WDC. He doesn’t need votes of the paddock as recognition of respect and admiration. That will come when he’s in his 30s with 2 seasons to go like Alonso or Kimi.

      14. Omar says:

        I agree

    2. Tealeaf says:

      Actually if Vettel was “managing the team” he would have hired Kimi, a wellcoroven world champion he knows that he would beat and further proving whos number 1 in F1, Seb has more to lose than gain teamed up Ricciardo who is probably faster than old Kimi anyway.

      1. Sebee says:

        Hey,

        Who won the battle of 2001 at Sauber, Kimi or Nick?

        Who won the battle of 2002 at McLaren, Kimi or David?

        I know, I know…but my point is, everyone has to come up to speed at some point. Harsh to pass judgment on Daniel before he’s had the chance at it.

      2. Sebee says:

        Clearly more seasons left in Daniel than Kimi.

        I also agree that he doesn’t have as much to say about the choice – even if some believe he does.

        RBR has hired Vettel to drive and be the face of their brand in this sport. That investment is worth protecting. So it’s not necessarily Vettel that’s trying to make it cozy for himself. It may just happen to be a matter of the team wanting Vettel to be the face and the team leader around who the team is built.

        In any case, we’ve seen plenty of fun times with Webber giving Vettel some jabs. A sign that they are at least trying to keep Vettel honest.

      3. Sujith says:

        What you are saying is true. Redbull are looking at this Long -Term. Kimi just has 2 or 3 seasons top left in him.

        Who knows… he might even chuck the idea of driving next year too…

        Kimi has always said, the guy who gets the most number of points at the end of the year deserves the championship.

        I respect your opinion and all that. But I don’t agree to comments saying Vettel will wipe the floor with Kimi when he’s in Redbull. All I am saying is, Kimi deserves a faster car to show he’s still got it. It is foolish to compare the 2, yes. But what I am saying is, he’s no slouch… nobody’s gonna wipe the floor with Kimi that’s for sure!

      4. Sebee says:

        Sujith,

        Time for Kimi to go to the RoC and take it seriously! :-)

      5. Sebee says:

        And Sujith, to be clear – I’m not saying Vettel will wipe the floor with Kimi. But I’m clearly saying Kimi would not wipe the floor with Vettel. And what tends to happen here is that this seems to be the favored view that Vettel would stand no chance as if he’s some rookie not someonw who’s 1 cup short of a lovely 4-piece tea set.

        That’s all I’m sayin’. :-)

      6. Sujith says:

        Yes.. I know… I never said Kimi’s gonna wipe the floor with Vettel.

        They would evenly match each other and that is certainly gonna be good for the team.

        And yes.. do you even think Kimi gives a damn if Vettel manages to beat him consistently? As much as he is a popular winner he is also a good loser. Accepts the fact that other drivers can be quicker than him and does not allow anything to get in his head.

        And I think, the Lotus E21 is the problem with Kimi not being quick on a Saturday. And he’s admitted that Grosjean is quicker all the time apart from certain race weekends where he had the upper hand on Set up. If he would have got that Redbull seat, we would have seen him consistently fighting for pole.

  17. Ian Pringle says:

    Did Kimi just want too much money even for Red Bull?

    Its no disrespect to Ricciardo to say that Kimi is a more obvious choice for any team. His consistency would have locked in the constructor’s championship next year.

    Ricciardo will do well, even as a #2 he’ll get regular podiums if the 2014 car is decent.

    1. Harshad says:

      Kimi’s next year salary would not have been a problem to RBR, because RBR seem to have an endless pit full of money :)

      My guess is Horner admires Kimi and wanted him in RBR, but perhaps Marko and Newey were against it forcing Horner to give in!

      In a way this is good for RBR i.e there seems to be a descent enough process/culture the way team takes some imp decisions. This decision would have involved a lot of brainstorming!

      Isn’t this in contrast to other teams (read Ferrari/Luca) where one man takes the decision and rest just nod their heads!

    2. Lezza says:

      The boys at Autosport are making the obvious point that the iceman has all the charisma of a baked bean [OK, slight exaggeration, but you get the drift] and Daniel will be a better promotional fit for Red Bull which, after all, is primarily in the energy drink business.

      1. dean cassady says:

        disagree
        the image presented for Kimi is a bull’s eye for the core target market of Red Bull; Daniel is a nice guy, could be fast; based on those two criteria, Ricciardo does NOT have the street-cred of the core XXX Red Bull consumer stage puppies.
        So, we’ll see how it goes.
        And they failed to get the faster driver.
        But then again, Dieter has got a record of good moves, even if I can’t tell what he’s doing.

  18. Sarvar says:

    It is nice to give a chance to young drivers to shine as VET/HAM/RAI/ALO/BUT are not futures of F1 which we re gonna watch in a decade.

    1. Paige says:

      Vettel and Hamilton will certainly be around in a decade. They’re not that much older than Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Bianchi, etc. who are on the way up.

      1. Tealeaf says:

        Why bring Hamilton into this? In a decade he will be nearly 39 unlikely he will still be here out performing the youngsters, Seb might be at the age of 36.

      2. Paige says:

        I didn’t do it. Someone else did.

        And he’ll actually be 38. That is still an are in which drivers can be competitive. As personally, I think today’s younger drivers will be competitive for longer into their careers. Training methods have improved, they’re in better shape than they ever have been, the cars are safer (so less chance of a bad accident, but also more chance that they will continue to push the limit when they are older and not thinking of the risks that could ruin their lives after F1).

        Whether or not the likes of Hamilton and Vettel will still be motivated at that age to compete is a very good question.

      3. KRB says:

        Yeah, Mansell turned 39 in his DWC year, then Prost followed him, winning at age 38. Andretti was also 38, in the era of back-breaking ground-effect cars.

        Having said that, I think neither Vettel nor Lewis will be competing in the 2023 season.

    2. AuraF1 says:

      Vettel is barely two years older than Dan and I suspect in 10 years time given that he’ll still be younger than Webber is now he’ll be thinking along the Schumacher lines and considering extending his career well into his 40s.

      I agree with Hamilton – not through lack of talent or being too old but because he’s likely to have gone into a career off track where his advisors promote him, possibly music or something.

      Raikonen, Alonso, Button – true they’ll likely move on to tv careers or other sportscar formulas within 5 years, though you never know with the increasing fitness of some of these guys a career into their 40s doesn’t sound ludicrous anymore.

    3. graham says:

      Well, I’ll be watching in a decade, but I’m also watching NOW……..so don’t count out the “old” boys just yet!

      1. Sarvar says:

        Agree guys, but my point was the drivers I’d listed have already made their names and won championships so we’d like to see new champions in a decade, don’t we?

  19. Erik says:

    +1

    This whole process has been a bit strange. Why string out a young driver like Ricciardo like that if you werent actually looking around for something better? I think Horner and Newey really wanted Raikkonen in there to take some of the power away from Helmet, but now they are working with two of his protoges and there’s nothing they can do about it. Chritian must have been grinding his teeth when he wrote that press release.

    Oh well good on you Dan, hope you do well. Raikkonen to McLaren? LOL

    1. GRLap says:

      Adrian Newey holds the most powerful trump card in F1; where he chooses to sit with his drawing board.
      Red Bull dragged this out to mess with the paddock’s heads. DR makes the most sense; great potential and a smooth, harmonious transition.

      1. Erik says:

        I agree on many levels but politics were surely part of this decision. Look at Helmet’s comments before Spa about a statement, then a couple of days later he was forced to eat his words.

        Dan is a good choice but Horner has been fighting since day one to run that team. I could see him and Newey arguing for example that Dan can wait a year while he gets used to the new car regulations, you don’t want to expose a rookie to the pressures of a front running team when everyone is learning the new formula AND perform at the highest level at the same time. In that regard Dan would have been in a lot safer working environment but now the pressure is truly on. Pick up the new rules, perform at the highest level, gel with the team and engineers. No room for error at Red Bull with Hamilton/Rosberg at Merc with an atom bomb engine. Raikkonen made sense in a lot of ways but Helmet won, lol.

      2. Tealeaf says:

        Erm no he doesn’t he was actually forced out of Mclaren because he could no longer produce a championship winning car that would be reliable and even at Redbull his efforts looked distinctly average until a certain Vettel joined the team, if Newey went to Mercedes or back to Mclaren tomorrow I doubt he could produce a dominant car, I’d rather have Rory Byrne producing these solid championship contenders like the F2001-F2007, I’m sure the Ferrari and Mercedes will be as quick or quicker than Redbull next year but Vettel will be the difference yet again.

      3. Omar says:

        If Ferrari or Merc build faster cars then redbull or even build cars that are 2tenths a lap slower then the Redbull, then Fernando and Lewis would show Vettel a clean pair of heels

      4. KRB says:

        Yeah Newey’s garbage! It’s a wonder why Vettel ever wanted to move there!

        And Webber’s 230% year-over-year improvement in 2009 was all down to some generous driving tips from dear ol’ Seb!

        We’ll see who produces a better car, Newey or Byrne, next year. I know who I’d bet on.

      5. Lezza says:

        Spot on comment.

  20. Sebee says:

    It all comes as such an unexpected decision, right Mark? :-)

  21. Mark Taylor says:

    Great to see young blood given an opportunity. Not sure why people are disappointed – imagine if Vettel wasn’t given a chance.

    Potential is realised when hard work is greeted with a fantastic platform. I think we’ll see Dan’s winning smile many times on the podium next year.

  22. Heinz says:

    A driver”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”
    UH-oh. I think Newey is underlining his doubts about the choice that was made.

    James, may I ask you if your sources are now ruling out Kimi at Ferrari? There are declarations in the Italian press that he has signed….

    1. James Allen says:

      Kimi’s manager said that he hoped to get things sorted by Monza either way.

      We’ll see what info tomorrow brings

      1. Stephen Taylor says:

        James some sources report there will not be announcement from Ferrari at Monza. Have you heard that this will be the case? What’s the latest on Kimi?

      2. James Allen says:

        No I don’t think so

        Raikkonen is ‘very close’ to Ferrari deal according to Italian colleagues but there are still stumbling blocks

        Hard to say today which way it will go

      3. Stephen Taylor says:

        Are Kimi’s management thinking it’s Ferrari or bust?. How do your Italian colleagues view Kimi’s relationship with Lotus?

    2. shortsighted says:

      Of course, I like to see Kimi in either Red Bull or Ferrari, competing with Vettel or Alonso in similar cars.

      But reading between the lines in Adrian Newey’s comments suggests that Red Bull wants a driver who can develop to a level that surpasses the known level of an experienced driver which apparently RB is not quite satisfied with to pair with Vettel.

      Unless Kimi can now show he has the raw speed to beat his team mate consistently, I have a feeling that his chance of joining Ferrari again may not be as high as we would like it.

      1. Joanna says:

        ????????????????

        Have a look at the points table!!!!!!

      2. Elie says:

        What is 10 to 1 not good enough for you ..

      3. shortsighted says:

        Ladies, there is no need for me to defend or otherwise what I perceived as the reasoning behind Red Bull’s decision.

        However, as a racing fan, you should know that no matter how good a racing car is, there is still the need of an extraordinary driver to drive it fast. The faster a driver is, the faster the car can go, up to, of course, a limit.

        What teams are looking for are the best available drivers who can extract the most speed from their cars. Some say that Alonso is worth half a second in lap time over other less outstanding drivers in F1. If a driver is not quicker than his team mate in qualifying more times than not, it means he cannot extract as much speed from the car as his team mate.

        Consistency is easier to learn than natural speed. Senna was fast but suffered many crashes in the beginning. He gained consistency later on and became one of the greatest drivers.

        A driver may gather many points out of consistency. But If he has already reached his maximum speed potential, he may not be able to gain more points than he is doing now with consistency. How do we judge if he has reached his maximum speed potential? Just compare his performance in qualifying with his team mate.

        People who only take a look at the points table or number of point scoring finishes may be taking a too simplistic a view.

      4. Elie says:

        Your name says it all “shortsighted”..
        Qualis 8/3 Kimi also – even for those who think Romain is quick- he is being comprehensively taken apart – as you’d expect for the Kimster.

        Red Bull chose Ricciardo to justify their young driver program- which also justifies Markos existence at RBR. Daniel is a good driver- but he’s not a great yet-As for Newey/ Horner- it is widely suggested that they wanted Raikkonen but Marko wanted Daniel..
        Still longer term it makes more sense but as far as 2014/5 goes its a risk they take as many have suggested including James..

        Btw another “shortsighted” comment.. Im not a lady.lol

      5. shortsighted says:

        Elie, sorry I have not come across a man’s name like yours.

        One does not have to be rude in an intelligent discussion. It reflects on the character of the poster.

        Can anyone really believe that the sole aim of choosing Dan is to justify RB Young Drivers Program, even ignoring the possibility of losing the Manufacturer Championship and the many millions of dollars in prize money? You may have read that RB and Vettel recognized the threat from Mercedes with their two excellent drivers in 2014.

        All you quoted are hearsay. You believe what you have been told without thinking?

        What is important is the latest in qualifying. Of late, the table appears to have been turned. Unlike me being shortsighted, I hope you have noticed also.

        I am not for or against any drivers. I personally quite like Kimi and constantly hope that he can do even better and can further improve on his speed. Although as you have rudely stressed that I am shortsighted, unlike you I am not seeing things without deeper thinking.

      6. Elie says:

        Shortsighted Ive been watching F1 for 3o years – unlike most here I don’t believe everything I read especially from “shortsighted” people lacking knowledge of F1..

        Sorry but you need to change your posting name — it really does you no favours..lol: )

  23. Old Dry Joint says:

    Congrats to Dan.. this is great news for Oz who crave another WDC.

    I’ll be interested to see how Marko treats him.. It will define his time at RBR if Marko gives him attention..

  24. Paige says:

    Great chance for Ricciardo. He certainly shows promise. Why not give a young driver with promise a shot in a top car? He’s going to have plenty of experienced people around him to help guide his development.

    One can definitely see a political angle in this. Horner clearly wanted Kimi. Marko clearly wanted Ricciardo. We see who won out. So while Horner is officially Team Principal, what this really means at Red Bull apparently is Team Manager. Team Principals get the final call on decisions like this. And while I’m sure Horner has plenty of authority over the operations of the team that someone like, say, Marko doesn’t have, this just goes to show that it is actually Dietrich Mateschitz’s team, and he will often take Marko’s word over Horner’s.

    I wonder how much longer Horner will put up with this. He’s about to lead his team to it’s 7th and 8th consecutive championships. There is simply know doubt that his ability as a manager has played a role in this. And yet he is clearly not the one who gets to make some decisions that are essential to the functioning of the team- as if he hasn’t earned enough credibility to do so. If I’m Ferrari right now, I am going to him on Thursday in the Monza paddock with a contract offer.

    1. AuraF1 says:

      Horner is just putting himself on holding pattern for Bernie’s job. Watch how much he blushes when any journalist even jokingly mentions it.

    2. malcb says:

      So perfect. Please let it be true. Marko’s team is not the place to be.

    3. RogerD says:

      If Horner was rolled on the choosing Ricciardo (and I’m not convinced he was) I don’t see him being in a different position to Domenicali. Do you think he’d ever roll LdM on a driver decision?

      Do you think Brawn / Fry would ‘win’ if Lauda, Wolff and the Merc board had a different opinion?

      Whitmarsh is in a bit of different position with no other big personality in the wings at McLaren right now, but when Ron Dennis was more involved whose opinion would have carried more weight?

      He’s not a team principal but it would seem Mateschitz repeatedly overruled Marko over Webber.

      The traditional role of team principal no longer holds for the big end of town – there’s too much at stake to ride on the decisions of just one person.

      It would be a healthy situation for RBR if Horner and Marko were chucking darts at each other across the boardroom table over the second seat decision. I’d like to think Mateschitz would have been pleased with robust debate. Once the decision was made though, the darts go back in the pouch and they get on with it. It’s what professionals do.

      1. Paige says:

        One at a time:

        1) LdM: Good point. But he shows signs of starting to recuse himself from the running of the team, aside from making public statements every now and then telling them to get their act together. He has also been willing to turn the team’s decision making over to someone else in the past. (Todt) So if he sees the team in big enough trouble from a management perspective, I could see him bringing in someone like Horner and giving him free reign.

        2) Mercedes: I seriously doubt Toto Wolff has any impact on driver and competition decisions. He is the business guy. Before they made these management changes, I would say that Ross did have free reign over such decisions. But now Mercedes is moving away from the Team Principal model and is going with “rule by committee”, with Paddy Lowe coming in to join this Lauda, Wolff, etc. group. So really, the Team Principal role won’t even exist at Mercedes probbably after this year.

        Whitmarsh has free reign over McLaren. Boullier has free reign over Lotus. This still exists. And if I’m Christian Horner and I have had the type of success that I’ve had in managing a team, despite having to put up with all of the crap happening in the background to make my job harder, I would be looking for some other opportunities. It’s not just the driver decision. You’ve got Marko actively playing politics with Webber- one of the employees of the team, who is responsible for helping the team to directly succeed. You’ve got a bratty driver who has demonstrated he will not follow team orders when they conflict with his interests.

      2. Tealeaf says:

        Hamilton wouldn’t follow team orders at Hungary 2007 whilst been told to let Alonso through in qualifying, Webber publically says he wouldn’t help Seb win the title in the past and followed through on his threats in Brazil last year, its how the game is won mate don’t blame Seb because he’s a better driver than Webber.

      3. Paige says:

        I said nothing about blaming Vettel. I don’t know if you are a fan of his, and if so are way to insecure. You need to re-read what I said. I simply stated fact. I didn’t say he was wrong or unjustified in doing so. Just that this sort of thing is a headache that a Team Principal can do without.

        It’s really annoying talking with fans who take words out of context. And it seems to happen often with F1 fans.

    4. Troy says:

      What makes you think that Horner “clearly wanted Kimi”???

      As much as I wanted to see Kimi at RBR why would you put a team like RBR at the risk of getting to the end of 2015 and Vettel’s current contract and him going elsewhere for a new challenge after 3-5 WDC and 7 years with the one employer/team AND Kimi at 35-36 likely retiring.

      1. Paige says:

        Not only was it reported by lots of people that Horner wanted Kimi (and in F1, when something blows up, there is usually some fire where the smoke is coming from), but you could see it in the way he was making public comments.

    5. Ali says:

      well said and i hope Kimi moves to McLaren. favorite driver to my favorite team and i hope horner start looking around as well. the top idiot at mclaren and his counterpart at ferrari need to be replaced

  25. Alexander Supertramp says:

    Called it! They kinda had to sign a young gun, it had been so long since they did.. Even though I’m not sure Dan has what it takes to be a top driver. But they probably just want to mold him into a very solid number 2- no pun intended.

    Anyway, let’s hope Dan can challenge the big champ, Mark never really made Seb sweat for his championships. I do expect Seb to beat Ricciardo fairly easily though

    1. AuraF1 says:

      Well Mark did kind of make Vettel sweat a lot in 2010 given he was ahead for most of the championship and he was giving Vettel all kinds of trouble in the first half of 2012. I think Marks competitiveness has been lost in the memory of 2011 and this year which have been more clear Vettel dominance.

      I think Dan is going to have the edge over Webber in quali as drivers tend to be faster in their 20s but I haven’t seen Dan display any of the smart racing that Webber is capable of (admittedly Webber has had some awful races as well – his legacy being undone by lack of consistency).

      1. Tealeaf says:

        Webber had the sniff of the championship in 2010 due to the reliabilty of Seb’s car and also a few rookie mistakes he didn’t fight for the championship on merit, lets look at some facts:

        Bahrain: Vettel comfortably leading then the spark plug failure dropping him to 4th.
        Australia: Again leading and on course for win until brake failure and a retirement.
        Spain and Monaco: Vettel raced with a cracked chassis and hence wasn’t competitive enough to win.
        Turkey: the infamous clash with Webber, not blaming anyone here but even if it was Seb’s fault he proven to be quicker hence why he was trying to pass Mark and the end result was no points for Seb and a podiun for Mark.
        Silverstone: A bad start for Seb from pole ended up with Hamilton’s front wing slicing the rear tyre of Vettel and no points and a gifted win for Webber, yes not bad for a number 2 driver and all that…
        Hungary: Whilst leading comfortably behind the safety car a petty drivr through for Seb again gifts Webber a win he didn’t deserve.
        Spa: A rookie mistake by Seb T-boning Button at the bus stop whilst trying to pass him, but the fact was Seb was arguably the fastest on the track and certainly faster than webber but Webber steals another podium but can’t challenge for the win due to lack of talent just like Spa this year.
        Korea: the biggest loss for Seb of them all, an easy win robbed by an engine failure even made Alonso giggle like a evil doctor.

        So after all that for Seb to win the title was a miracle but also underlined his talent to negate all that and still come out on top at Abu Dhabi whilst Alonso and Webber faltered. Webber certainly didn’t challenge for the title on merit and its clear over the 5 years together with Seb Mark is nowhere near the driver Vettel is.

      2. AuraF1 says:

        I think we can agree to disagree here. I’m not arguing that Mark is or ever was a faster driver than Seb. But the plain fact is Vettel didn’t run away with the title over and above Webber in 2010, and he didn’t outperform Webber for the first half of 2012 either.

        You can count an equal if not greater number of failures on Mark’s car than Seb’s – so if you want to look at facts you can tally them up and see how many KERS failures, wheel failures and general power-train related failures they’ve both had – and Mark has not been served particularly well.

        And as for ‘rookie errors’ well – they’re still errors. Being the ‘best’ driver isn’t about being the fastest over one lap. If it was then we’d probably have a 4 time championship for someone like Lewis.

        The final points tally is what matters. Call it luck, call it fate, call it racing talent, call it a mixture of engineering and style and competitive spirit, call it what you like.

        My reply was simply to the poster saying Mark had never made Vettel sweat for his titles. Which is clearly false. If Vettel wasn’t sweating it in 2010 he’s not human and Webber was ahead of him all year. In 2012, Webber stuck with Red Bull rather than take the Ferrari drive as he didn’t want to upset his chances of staying ahead of Vettel, as he was clearly doing a better job with that particular Red Bull (until Newey and co got on top of the diffuser design).

        Mark is neither faster nor more competitive than Vettel – I didn’t argue that he was. I think you’ve just jumped in to defend Vettel from his driving errors and car failures (whilst ignoring Mark’s failures and allowing him to retain his errors on demerit) which wasn’t what I was talking about, or the poster before me was talking about.

        Points are facts. They aren’t always the whole truth, but they are a marker.

        Jenson outscored Lewis over their career in the same car. By that measure Jenson made Lewis ‘sweat’ his position as the superior driver. I’m not suggesting Jenson is the faster driver than Lewis, he’s clearly not, and says as much himself, but points are points. Momentum is momentum. Luck is luck.

        And Mark made Vettel sweat in 2 years about his chances. Sure in 2011 and this year Vettel steamrolled over Mark in total and utter domination. I guess my point is, we tend to judge Mark’s performance on 2011 and this year, whilst conveniently forgetting his regular wins in 2010 and better all round competitiveness at the start of 2012.

        Can Ricciardo show the same challenge as the 2010/2012 Webber? Or will it be closer to 2011/2013 Webber? I don’t know. I suspect the latter, but I’ll wait and see the points.

      3. KRB says:

        Vettel actually finished 7th in GBR in 2010, largely b/c of a Safety Car. Without that, he likely would’ve been lapped, and gained no points. 7th was 6 pts, so w/o those points he would’ve finished 2nd in the DWC.

        Alonso was severely hurt by the SC, b/c he had a drive-thru penalty, and he didn’t serve it until the SC had bunched up all the cars, which sent him way back. He ended up 14th and no points.

      4. Alexander Supertramp says:

        You seem to care for numbers, which is a respectable view on performance. But 2010- and this is 3 years ago now- is arguably the only year Mark made Vettel sweat. We both agree he was nowhere in 2011 compared to Vettel. We also agree that Vettel benefitted the most from the changes made on the RB8 in 2012. But by the end of that year-which is by your logic the point where nothing else matters- Mark was 6th in the championships trailing Seb by as much as 102 points. I’m sorry, but that’s not making your teammate sweat. Vettel is probably taking the WDC again this year, Mark is again far off. You might disagree, but with that great a car and such a magnificent team, to be fairly easily defeated by your teammate 3 years in a row is not good enough, i.e.Mark didn’t really make Seb sweat- with the exception of 2010.

      5. AuraF1 says:

        So I think we’re actually agreeing that Mark DID make Vettel sweat 1 (or 1 and a half!) championships. ;)

        So now all Ricciardo has to do is worry Vettel for 2 full seasons and he’s outperformed Webber. Then your original post will be spot on. :)

  26. Monktonnik says:

    Great news for Ricciardo and F1 fans in Australia: this means the full coverage of races will continue.

  27. Azza says:

    Great news for Australian motor sport.
    I’m so happy this morning…

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      Well something had to come good for the Aussies didn’t it? There hasn’t been much cheer for in Australian sport this recently especially on the Cricket field. I believe Daniel will do well at Red Bull and will provide a stiffer challenge to Vettel than some people think.

  28. i am always amazed at the depth of knowledge some posters have when it comes to analysing the team and the decision making process.

    is anyone really privy to the thoughts and discussions that took place during this period of speculation? c’mon, it is all just speculation. redbull would have the intimate details of every lap that ricciardo has driven for them at their fingertips and on top of that they would have a detailed understanding of his potential,his character and his ability to learn and produce.

    IMO the hoo har surrounding raikonnen was all just a smoke screen to create some disharmony and aggravation to competitors. maybe there was a modicum of interest but it clearly didn’t necessarily influence their ultimate decision. raikonnen is bordering on ‘old’ in F1 terms and i believe he is vastly overrated. the ricciardo decision is great. great for the team and great for the fans. i want to see new exciting drivers enter the business. they are the future and without a team/s willingness to take chances where will it all lead?

    1. Elie says:

      Before Kimi returned to F1 very few rated him. Now every team principal “rates him”. He has pushed Lotus as high as 2nd since last year and probably one the best drivers both this year and last year. As most of his peers and former principals.

      “i am always amazed at the depth of knowledge some posters”- Including those who know more than the record books and most drivers and team principals in the paddock. Kimi shuns the limelight and does not excited about wins because he’s been there and done that and if he has a DNF the following race..the same people will say something stupid.He only interested come November and you can’t blame him for that.. But calling him over rated is probably as meaningless as calling him unintelligent.

    2. Bryce says:

      Pretty well agree with your post, but “vastly overrated” is way off the mark.

  29. BenM says:

    Congratulations to Dan. I wish him all the best.

    Good to see that you’re able to write a straight forward factual report of events in the F1 world James.

    Your colleague Joe has been reduced to a spewing bile in every direction whilst reporting the same events. Disappointing.

  30. Joanna says:

    It was Seb. That’s my guess. He feared Kimi coming alongside, regardless what he said publicly.

    1. Dave C says:

      What a load of rubbish Seb knew he would have sent Kimi into retirement and with Ricciardo who is probably faster than Kimi right now Seb has more to lose and look bad.

  31. Nick says:

    Great to see another Australian replace another great Australian in a top team!

  32. Messrine says:

    I would love it if he starts beating Vettel!

    1. Dave C says:

      Hahaha stating the obvious, I would love it if Rosberg ends the season with more wins than Hamilton…

  33. Racyboy says:

    I’d be interested to know what the ‘multi-year agreement’ is. I’m guessing two.

    Just watched the Horner/Newey/Ricciardo RBR interviews. Dan’s smile can’t get any bigger.It will probably narrow a little over the next couple of years.

    I wish him well, Seb will be a hell of a challenge, but if Dan can out qualify him then we have a show.
    I hope he can do what Marc Marquez is doing in MotoGP.

    1. Kirk says:

      Everybody new that Marquez was going to be a star, a world champion even when he was just 18, now he’s 20 and is shining there, the same was with Vettel, everybody new he was going to be a champion when he showed to be a magnificent driver even in Toro Rosso. But Daniel is 24! and anybody was talking about him before Mark’s announcements.

      Nevertheless, I think he will do a good job, but I’m not sure he can out qualify Vettel consistently.

  34. Lachlan Mackinnon says:

    I have to declare my bias as an Aussie…..well done DR! I know there will be plenty of discussion on this site and others questioning whether DR deserved this seat. Only time will tell. I for one hopes he throws a few cats amongst the pigeons and places his car right next to SV on the grid next year :-) He certainly has the one lap speed to do this, lets hope his race-craft develops a little more to be on the podium consistently. Well done Daniel and all the best!!

  35. PetardHoister says:

    Well cover me in eggs and flour and bake me for 40 minutes…

    While this is certainly a shrewd move by RBR who have little to lose I’m still not so sure that RBR will be the team to be driving for next season. Seb will surely wipe the floor with his new teammate, the cars designed around him and any new driver will have a lot of adjusting to do to bed into a new setup.

    So much is changing with the cars and I suspect there’ll big a big advantage for one of the engine manufacturers for half of 2014, much as I’d like to see that advantage fall to Ferrari (especially if they manage to get Alonso & Kimi ) I think Merc are looking good engine wise which would leave McLaren looking pretty good seeing as they have spent most of this season working on next season(going by their results this year at least)

  36. Dane says:

    James, how much will Riccardo be earning for RedBull next year?

    1. James Allen says:

      Don’t know the figure but I imagine its a basic of around 3/4 million with a good points bonus scheme

  37. K says:

    I think they should have taken Kimi. But Helmut said that for 2014, with the chaages coming they needed a driver that would do a lot of simulation work and be actively pushing for the car development outside the race weekends. Everyone knows Kimi refuses to sit in a simulator and he is not to be seen until the next race.

    So in the end it is a sensible decision, even though I don’t think Ric deserves a top seat.

    I do think it’s sad that most British ‘journalists’ and ‘fans’ comment with sour grapes like “they could not have anyone challenge Vettel so they picked Ric”. The war has been over since 1945, seriously, get over it.

    Anyone still claiming Vettel has to prove himself is clearly a fan of another driver and angry Vettel took their spotlight.

  38. Adrian Newey Jnr says:

    James – in your opinion, is Daniel significantly better than some of the earlier TR drivers such as Jamie and Seb Buemi? No one seems to have developed an argument to explain why Daniel is favoured over Jean-Eric either. Perhaps it is more of a personality issue and compatibility with Vettel rather than pace (not than Dan is slow).

  39. JohnBt says:

    Finally the main part of the silly season is over.
    Ricciardo is a pleasant character with his smiles, good for public relations.

    Now to proof his worth we’ll have to wait for the next season. At the moment I have not witnessed any stand out drives since his induction into F1.

  40. Darren says:

    James,

    Is there any chance providing RBR have won the constructors championship with a few races to go that Ricciardo will jump in the Redbull car ?

    I’ve heard Porsche wanted Webber for testing in November, and providing hes happy to go (I think his motivation is low) it would make sense.

    Cheers

    1. James Allen says:

      I’ve heard it mentioned, but I would be surprised

      1. Fireman says:

        If that would happen though, would they also put Da Costa in Toro Rosso for the last races?

      2. darren says:

        James,

        Can you ask this question to both mark and Daniel as they are both scheduled for the same press conference Thursday.

    2. Erik says:

      Webber loves mixing it with the elite F1 drivers, it’s the thing he’ll miss most when he walks away as he has said in a few interviews. On that basis I doubt he would give up the chance to fight it out with the boys for the last few times in his life.

      1. Adrian Newey Jnr says:

        Look at the quality of the field at Le Mans. He has quite a challenge ahead of him!

    3. Simon Haynes says:

      I think that’s logical, especially now that Webber is giving his place to a fellow Aussie.

  41. TGS says:

    Congratulations to Daniel on his multi-21-agreement, sorry, I mean multi-YEAR-agreement.

  42. Bones says:

    Tough time for Vergne. It was up to him to get that seat. Any idea who will take Ricciardo’s spot Mr Allen?

  43. Sebee says:

    James,

    Will you do a post about RUSH? It is coming on Sept 13th everywhere. Would be nice if F1 fans 500M strong suported it, not downloaded it!

  44. paxdog57 says:

    Good, the silly season can stop around Red Bull now. Ricciardo gets to try the number one team and Vergne gets another year with TR to hone his skills. If Daniel does not progress in 2014, they can bring in Vergne in 2015. Anyways, this frees a spot at TR and ends the internet speculation on Vettel’s teammate.

  45. Luke Clements says:

    Great stuff. James, bit of a weird question…how much does DR weigh? MW was always 8-10kg heavier than SV I think. Would hope DR is closer.

    1. Fireman says:

      Is that true? And that translates to how many tenths? :D

      1. Luke Clements says:

        From memory and happy to be corrected, MW is about 76kg and SV about 68kg.

        My question is not so much about tenths in lap times due to weight as the cars all come up to a minimum weight with ballast, but it’s that SV has had a ballast advantage over MW throughout their time together. SV I believe gets more to distribute in the car differently to MW due to height and weight differences.

        Hoping for DR’s sake, he is more SV’s height and weight so the car is packaged more equally than has been the case for MW.

        And no, not using that as excuse for MW’s failings.

      2. Fireman says:

        That’s pretty cool. Well, not for Mark, but luckily he has good right hook to compensate.

  46. Elie says:

    Congrats to Dan Im sure he will do a solid job. But will he do a world championship job- that is something I very much doubt.

    James if Torro Rosso take on Antonio Felix Di Costa do you think Carloz Sainz Jnr will get a reserve drive at Red Bull or will it be TR?- I think he is the future champ at Red Bull Racing- I would be getting him a drive ASAP.

    1. James Allen says:

      He’s still pretty young, but yes he will be drawn in to the F1 scene soon I imagine

      1. Fireman says:

        Would they even boot Vergne and take Da Costa and Sainz to Toro Rosso? I know they said Vergne’s seat is safe, but same was said about Alguersuari,‎ if I remember correctly.

    2. Bart says:

      I thinks they might try to get rid of Vergne after the next season

  47. Scuderia McLaren says:

    Good on you Dan. This is the dream isn’t if? A youngster dreams if racing in F1 with a team / car that can win. Daniel must be on cloud nine. I am a big fan if him. Very fast youngster that hopefully will keep Vettel on his toes more than what Webber did in the last 2-3 years.

    It’ll be nice to see a big constant smile around the top parts of the grid instead of Alonso’s stoic samurai scowl, Kimi’s anti-depressant-esque numb neutral expression, Hamilton’s ‘I’m too cool for school’ pseudo gangsta (idgaf) look and Webbers ‘I don’t want to be here’ calvin klein look.

    1. Erik says:

      lol, I like all of those looks. I reckon Raikkonen’s demeanour is the best of all, the strong silent type.

      Someone mate a movie about him. The Clint Eastwood of the F1 world, haha.

  48. Denis 68 says:

    James

    As Ricciardo is already a Red Bull driver and is loaned out to sister team Toro Rosso why can’t he replace Webber immediately. This would allow him 7 or 8 races to gain experience with Red Bull and he would there fore be better prepared for season 2014.

    I’am sure Webber would be willing to quit F1 immediately to help his countryman, plus he’s looking more and more disinterested since he announced his departure.

    Just my thought anyway.

  49. Prashant P says:

    I watched the Horner and Newey interviews on youtube. They made references to Daniel’s performance in the simulator – does this mean he has been working in the RBR simulator for sometime? Or are they inferring he was given a tryout in the simulator as part of the assessment process?

    As an aside – the videos look like an attempt to answer/head off the obvious press questions which will come up this Thu / Fri – do you think it will work James?

    1. James Allen says:

      He has been an ever presents on the sim for years as part of his development

      No, they will have lots more questions to face at Monza

  50. Paul L says:

    I’m Australian, but I think he’s lucky. His speed seems comparable to Vergne, but little else.

    1. TJ says:

      Speed in race or speed in qualifying?? Dominates Vergne in Qualifying, was 0.7 quicker at Silverstone, almost a second quicker at Nurburgring, 0.5 quicker at Hungry. Race speed is comparable because they’re driving the same car. Riccirado is able to transcend his equipment in qualifying and get more out of it then what seems possible. His consistency and speed in the RB at the Silverstone test was also very good. I expect him to qualify very well next year and give himself the ability to win races.

    2. Adam L says:

      Comparable by what measure… only a few tenth’s a lap quicker in the same car? Right? There’s a fair bit of evidence to support DR and his ability to outshine JEV a significantly high percentage of the time ( live timing) in qualy and race… Considering tyre deg, fuel load, and taking into account being behind another car. JEV seems smoother and seems to get better times and results in inclement weather, but ordinarily DR has better speed… and regularly. I would certainly not say DR is lucky or just comparable with JEV at the moment.

  51. Joseph F says:

    Great news on Ricciardo :) i know everyone would rather a proven contender in the seat but lets look at the positives. We have a new young driver with everything to prove in a top seat. I find this exciting. It adds to the excitement to look forward to next yr :) Someone fresh in a top Car. James do you agree? lets look at a the positives! :P

    1. James Allen says:

      Sure, it’s very positive from lots I angles. It’s great for my colleagues at Network 10, for example

      1. RogerD says:

        Thanks for that, James. Faint praise indeed *rolls eyes*

      2. Elie says:

        Was waiting for that James. Gives you a bit a more air time here too. Look forward to your Sat ore race interviews.

  52. Sujith says:

    Good… Lets just hope we don’t see a Perez #2

  53. Timbo says:

    I think the timing of this could be just right for Dan. With the big changes to the regulations next year, I can think of no better chance to give one of the most successful F1 drivers of the modern era a run for their money.

    They will both need to adapt to a different style with the engines, KERS, potential tyre changes etc. It should level the playing field a bit and I’m hoping he can at least give Seb a good challenge.

    On the face of it, he’s missing a bit of the Mark Webber Mongrel though, and while I’m sure that will make his bosses happy, I’d like to see him get fired up and be less of the nice guy!

  54. Brawn GP says:

    YES…… DAN THE MAN!

    Now this is going to be interesting

  55. Rachel says:

    James, who do you think is going to fill Dan’s seat at Toro Rosso? A new driver or one of the guys from the lower order teams?

    I always enjoy the musical chairs portion of the season/off season.

      1. John Gibson says:

        You see, and there goes Red Bull limiting itself to a pool of drivers that looks good (or can talk the talk) at the age of 17/18, losing out on drivers that might mature slightly later or who simply don’t hit the Red Bull radar through racing in a more obscure junior series.

        Felix da Costa is not going to win FR3.5 this year. Toro Rosso is a drive that ought to be going to somebody such as Robin Frijns.

  56. quest says:

    Kimi vs Alonso at Ferrari. It’s gonna be epic!

  57. Allan says:

    Any idea what Daniel’s salary package would be at RBR?

  58. David says:

    I have been saying all along that this move makes sense for RBR. They already have a championship winning car and a three (4?) time driver champion. They simply don’t need another #1 type driver. What more would that have given them? Dan is the right choice and I wish him all the best of luck.

  59. Thread the Needle says:

    Hopefully Ricciardo has better luck with that car than Webber ever had, seems every weekend Webber has some sort of problem

  60. holly says:

    So finally the truth is out there, Marko confirmed Vettel wanted Daniel and not Kimi, so much for the brave kid wanting to face another champion.

    Congrats to Daniel, you ruined your carrer.

    1. James Allen says:

      I don’t think Vettel had much to do with it. This is about justifying the young driver programme as much as about winning the constructors championship

      They are taking a small risk on the latter

      1. holly says:

        That’s ok James, but Marko said in the German media that Vettel wanted Daniel, not Kimi as he said to you, the F1 guys.

        I’m not saying that Vettel is the one who hired Daniel, but he clearly was aked, and he didn’t say Kimi, he said Daniel.

  61. janis1207 says:

    A sensible decision, I must say.
    No doubt, Kimi is both fast and consistent, but – a bit of a primadonna as well. He can boss Lotus folk around, but I can’t see RB liking this kind of behavior much.
    With Daniel internal atmosphere in the team will be much better.
    Contrary to Ferrari if Kimi really goes there :)

  62. David Goss says:

    I wonder what would happen if Adrian Newey had just folded his arms and said “I want Kimi. Get Kimi.”

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      I’m sure he must have done that one stage . It didn’t work though if he did.

  63. Sanjog says:

    Happy for Dan, though I reckon a Seb-Kimi partnership would have been ideal for RB heading into a season of the biggest regulations change that modern F1 has witnessed. I guess Helmut and DM’s desire to see the RB young driver program validated won out in the end.

  64. Alex says:

    Pretty excited from an Australian perspective. I really hope he shakes things up and performs. It’s good to see an Australian picked up by a top team as young as he is as well. I remember reading articles from 2002 saying that Webber would be the next Schumacher and everyone should be getting behind him because he could qualify pigdog cars in the top ten consistently. Then he made the rookie move of going to Williams instead of Renault just before their Alonso championships and blew his chances of being in peak form at a competitive team. Not that I’ve ever rated him as highly as the champions of the last 10 years but it’s good to see Riccardio do what Webber failed to do.

  65. John Gibson says:

    Well, they say they haven’t produced a world beater since Vettel but I’m not so sure what’s so “world-beater” about Ricciardo, to be honest. Vergne has had better races (indeed, if Vergne could sort out qualifying then he’d be well ahead of Ricciardo in my opinion).

    But then, I’d rather have seen Hulkenberg get the drive.

    1. TJ says:

      Ricciardo has finished in the points 10 times over the last 2 season, JEV 6. Sure JEV has 3 more points over all but when you’re scrapping for points in the bottom of the top 10 than finishing there on more occasions seems more important to me. But you hit the nail on the head, JEV cant qualify, hardly something you want from a top driver. Qualifying is where the driver shows their raw speed, something Ricciardo dominates Vergne in. The TR is not great on race day so Ricciardo is not able to capitalise fulling on his ability and inevitably slides down the order after having transcended his cars ability in quali making it look like he cant drive so well. Meanwhile Vergne makes up a few places from low on the grid and obviously people like you think he has done a great job.

  66. Jamie norman says:

    Hi James

    I remember the bet, let me know how much and to which charity :)

    1. Bart says:

      http://www.kiva.org
      A great non-profit organisation. It’s not a charity org but you can pick the entrepreneur you would like to help and they will get all the money you’re lending!
      Cheers, Bart

  67. Peter says:

    To be honest I do not care about Red Bull`s young driver programme, promise for the future etc. I wanted to see the best driver possible in the best car going against a four time WCH in an epic RACE in 2014, and that would have been Kimi Raikkonen. That would have bee good for F1, having finally two of the four greatest drivers in the same team. So, I am disappointed, regardless all the best for Ricciardo.

  68. Rob Newman says:

    ” … it’s very much a medium to long term view that we’re taking in developing him …”. Interesting. I think that means, to begin with he may play a supporting role to Vettel. Fair enough. After all Ricciardo will be driving alongside a Four Time World Champion in 2014.

    At least after Abu Dhabi, RBR should bring in Ricciardo in to the team. By that time they would have won the constructors title so there is no risk.

  69. Ding wamage says:

    So boring, but expected.

    Now the only thing that interests me at Red Bull next year is how long it takes for the ‘team’ to kill Dan’s happy spirit.

  70. Shez says:

    Grats to Daniel. I think he’s been rather fortunate, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    Vettel will break him down in every way possible – I don’t see Daniel having the tools to deal with Vettel, now or ever.

  71. Bru72 says:

    Excellent news indeed! Vettels easy time is over. Well done Red Bull for giving a relative newcomer a chance, he’s proved how quick he is.

  72. AMSG says:

    I guess they figure Seb is now a sure thing for the tittle…So no need to play mind games with other team bosses any more….

  73. Elie says:

    Toro Rosso having a Renault powertrain & Red Bull gearbox, James Key in his second year with new open regs- Im wondering how good a seat at TR in 2014 will be for Da Costa.

    2014 will be fully of surprises I reckon and reliability will really mix up the field.

  74. George says:

    Hope he sits down with Mark and gets the lowdown on how to deal with Vettel!
    Good Luck!

  75. Krist says:

    Vettel must be god. I mean, almost 4 WDC and in his spare time he also runs a multi-million or even multi-billion energydrink-company, in which the official CEO Mateschitz is powerless. WOW!!!!!

    Newey said, he wanted Ricciardo. So I don’t know why a lot of (haters) say, Vettel and/or Marko wanted Ricciardo over Kimi.

  76. Peter Wishart says:

    As a fellow Western Australian this comes as great news to see Daniel move up the ladder. Now for some race wins and a drivers title. Go Daniel.

  77. John says:

    Ok, Perez had a completely different season once he signed for McLaren. Perhaps he started feeling the pressure even before moving to McLaren. Let’s see what DR will do for the rest of the season. Can this be an indicator for the next season?

  78. Jake says:

    As I understand it Vettel only has a 1 year extension for 2014. This leaves him able to then leave RBR, if they turn out to be underperforming next year, and perhaps get a drive with Ferrari.

    With this in mind I suspect Vettel will not be called No.1 next year, but they will continue to support him over his team mate as they have always done with Webber. So when 2015 rolls around and they grab Alonso or Hamilton they can keep Ricciardo as the patsy.

    Teams are always one step ahead of the fans.

    1. JB says:

      I don’t think Vettel has ever been gifted a no.1 status.

      Both drivers always started off equal. Then as the season progresses, a no.1 and no.2 status comes to form when the point differences between the two are large.

      It really is up to Ricciardo to make the best of the start of the season to gain a no.1 status.

  79. Tyler says:

    I like Ricciardo, but his signing is about as exciting as the livery on the Sauber

  80. bk201 says:

    There is an air of fortune and luck which surrounds Vettel.

    He is a driver for the team which spends the most, per season, in F1 and has the most successful car designer in F1 history churning out dominant car after dominant car for him.

    To have such a prolonged advantage in F1 is rare but to have had it at his age – 22 years old to date – is a first in F1.

    And now he has Ricciardo as his new teammate, who seems like a decent bloke and a solid driver. But his performance in F1 so far does not suggest that he is a future top level driver. It’s also reasonable to assume that he has a clear “no.2″ clause written into his contract.

    One can only hope that in 2014, Red Bull slips to third/fourth in the pecking order and we get to see what Vettel is made of when having to scrap it out in the pack. The evidence so far suggests he is highly error prone.

    Red Bull/Newey dominance is also bad for the sport. Particularly in an era with a number of very good-to-superb drivers. Sadly, Newey’s best period in his career has really skewed the statistics and titles in the favour of a driver who most rate as only the third-fourth best on the grid.

    The appointment of a solid but unremarkable driver no.2 driver plays further into the hands of said third-fourth best driver on the grid.

  81. JB says:

    Congratulation Ricciardo!
    Make the best of this opportunity. Don’t be a Felipe Massa or Bruno Senna.
    Be a Raikkonen, Schumacher or Hamilton.

    Cheers mate.

  82. Sebee says:

    Wikipedia entry under Daniel Ricciardo today. This is funny enough to be reserved.

    Red Bull (2014)
    On 2 September 2013 Ricciardo was revealed as the replacement for Mark Webber at Red Bull live on the Austrian television channel Servus TV. He will partner Sebastian Vettel (also known as ‘crybaby’) who is the current triple world champion and 2013 championship leader. Daniel will be the next Multi 21 victim after Mark Webber (Multi 21 Refers to an Incident when Mark Webber was instructed by his team to turn his engine and cruise to Victory at 2013 Malaysian GP, Vettel Subsequently decided it was “game on” and overtook Webber against his teams orders, Webber later publicly shamed Vettel on the Podium stating “As usual Seb will get Full Protection” and that Vettel was a “Quick Peddler”.

    1. RogerD says:

      Elephant stamp right there!

  83. Random 79 says:

    Factual and informative :)

    As a side note, I looked up Sebee on Wikipedia – it claims you’re a particular kind of artist ;)

    1. Random 79 says:

      Meant to be a reply to Sebee’s Wiki entry.

      Curse my sub-standard commenting skills :(

      1. Sebee says:

        I agree Random, commenting is an art form! :-)

        By the way, that was preserved not reserved.

        It’s good I caught that entry, because it’s entertaining and it has been edited. I love the part about how Daniel will be next victim of Multi21.

        Hey, Multi21, are you editing Wiki entries in spare time?

  84. Tornillo Amarillo says:

    James, it is end of the road for HULK hopes in F1 at this point?

    1. James Allen says:

      He’s in the background at Ferrari and Lotus, if any pieces fall into place

      1. Stephen Taylor says:

        The more the days go by the more I think Nico Hulkenberg will be joining the Scuderia next year. I also think it is also a possibility that Kimi could retire if that is the case. I think Kimi doubts the ability of Lotus to be in contention for the big prizes especially as they have lost James Allison to Ferrari. On a another note these new generation of drivers don’t excite me at al. I include Ricciardo ,Hulkenberg and Perez in this as although they are probably going to be all very good drivers none of them seems to have that something special. I fear there are cracks beginning to appear in the F1 talent pool because of some of the pay drivers we now see in F1.

      2. bbobeckyj says:

        If Hulkenberg gets a drive wherever Raikkonen doesn’t does that mean the end for Massa? Or the end for Hulkenberg if he doesn’t?

  85. a fan says:

    We hear name Newey more frequently than Vettel. Hence whoever will drive Newey’s cars – will be chasing the titles. It is almost all about the car, not driver. And it is sad.
    Not a sport, just a show.

  86. James Nye says:

    I for one cannot wait to watch the progress Dani will make next year, he is naturally fast and has a team which will help progress his raw talent. Go Dani!!!

  87. RogerD says:

    My source at GCHQ has been at it again. RBR Twitter group chat from the other day:

    Horner: r we rite 2 annce rooboy2 yt?

    Mateschitz: Yes, we are

    Newey: Fo shizzle

    Marko: aksd8d dwryhetb yueru

    Horner: kul timing?

    Mateschitz: It is up to you

    Newey: meh

    Horner: howbs abt drng Rush to annoy media noodlehedz?

    Mateschitz: Do it half way through :)

    Newey: froflmfao

    Horner: gonna tell’m y we pckd rooboy2?

    Mateschitz: No. Mess with their heads. They will never work it out.

    Newey: def nyet

    Marko: ckqwf wfifks

    Mateschitz: Speaking of which, when does Daniel bring in the next batch of his father’s home brew?

    Horner: back carpark handover @ monza midnite thurs

    Newey: aussies r lager kingz!

    Mateschitz: New multi-year supply deal now, Ads.

    Newey: sweet az bro!

    Marko: anasff fdrw wesadf

    Newey: FFS Marko learn to use that iPad or get someone else to do it for you!!!

  88. Elie says:

    Sebee, stop confusing posts we are not talking about Prost now I already clearly defined why and your just digging a deeper hole for yourself.
    -FA / KR had Michael Schumacher in a special Ferrari and special tyres when they were 26 and they quite often beat him- so please do not talk about age and “fierce competition”
    - KR / FA are both competitive with Vettel now ! In slower cars. At 26 Raikkonen was untouchable. We all know the misfortune he had at Mclaren- )even Seb has reminded reporters of this on occasion)
    - I rate Vettel as a top 4 driver and no one can really do more than that can they- until they run in the same equipment- but sadly that’s not going to happen is it !
    - do you think KR needs votes in the paddock ??- that’s not what I suggested. They have respect for a reason!. Kimi of all drivers could care what anyone thinks- he could leave it tomorrow as one of the most sort after drivers.
    -I great driver is not just about winning championships ( although that helps) – Any sport is about how you play the game. Guys who can drive at the limit without running into people or running off Kerbs / track- in cars that are not necessarily the fastest cars. A guy that leaves room on one corner only to beat you at the next!- A team mate that does “dog” you when you’ve slowed down- that’s why he’s not fan favourite- despite he’s success. KR has a higher level if these attributes than any other driver – FA/LH& Seb are not quite so precise.
    - these are the things that you fail to see Sebee he can win 10WC in the fastest car and team. He will always be a top racer- but to say he is better than anyone without him racing a champion-it’s just not on is it

    1. Sebee says:

      Elie,

      - FA/KR were riding on Michelin tires, and everyone knows the story there.

      - KR was in a Newey McLaren MP4-20 in 2005, the year Ferrari seemed to do what McLaren did this year, go from fast in 2004 to barely in the points in 2005.

      - KR has 1/2 of his wins in a Newey car but you give Kimi all the credit for the wins without Newey mention while I don’t hear the end of “it’s all Newey” at RBR.

      - I understand the argument that it’s important to win in different teams is liked by some. And Kimi has done that, although I remind you – not WDCs in different teams. Kimi went to Ferrari after Schumi’s team pulled that car up by it’s straps post 2005 to be 1 engine blow up shy of a WDC in 2006. So in 2007 Kimi walked into a perfect top performing package. Not sure how “amazing” such a feat is.

      - I have argued that this WDCs in different teams argument is a two sided coin. Again, Kimi hasn’t got a WDC in another team, and neither has Alonso, so I don’t undertand how this can be held against Vettel for example.

      RBR have not been fastest, and have had a hard go to win the WDC/WCC in 2010 and 2012 don’t forget. Which helps my point. That is – It is nice to be Kimi and get handed a Newey MP4-20 and win 7, then go to Ferrari and get a top team competitive package. But how hard is it to stay on top for a period, to become a Legacy Team? To find the motivation to keep pushing, keep winning, keep steam rolling while the whole field treis to stop you? How long can you hold the edge? How long can you push for advantage? How easy is it to not be fastest, gut check, and work hard to become the fastest? You tell me this is easier than switching teams and walking into a WDC a la Kimi 2007? I say bullocks!

      This brings me back to factual points. I don’t care if Kimi cares about votes or not, if he’s marketable or not.

      I care about NUMBERS.

      Kimi has 20 wins, 1/2 in a Newey McLaren. What you think he is, he became in Newey’s car. Yet you give Kimi all the credit and none to Newey while calling out Vettel for getting all his achievements thanks to Newey. You can’t have it both ways.

      1. Elie says:

        Red Bull have had the fastest car since 2nd half of 2009. ( only latter part of 2012 did Mclaren equal it or Ferrari later part of 2010)!!- everyone -except for you- knows that..it’s like talking to a brick wall. I won’t read your comments any more- you talk around the subject not address the points. Goodbye

  89. treaded lurgy says:

    And what does Vettel think of his new team mate for 2014. We asked him because no one else would.
    ”So Seb how do you regard your new team-mate for next season?’
    Seb: ”He vill do as he is told and follow ze orders vich must be obeyed at all times.”

    (Bet this gets moderated LOL) ;-)

  90. Sujith says:

    I saw a feature on Felix Da Costa on TV. REally impressed with the kid.

    I am excited to see how he fairs. Surely, he is going to get the Torro Rosso seat.

  91. Ryan says:

    I believe that this move is to soon for him and will never win a world championship while vettel is his team mate

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