Ricciardo: The Man For Red Bull?

Updated: August 3, 2013

After last Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the sport goes into its summer break and the news everyone is waiting for is who will be alongside Sebastian Vettel next season?

Following the Hungarian Grand Prix’s conclusion last Sunday, journalists had their all important questions for the possible candidates for next season’s Red Bull drive.

Recent rumours said that Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen are in the running. But since then there has been recent under-performing finishes from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and sources suggest that the Spaniard’s representatives have been holding talks with the Red Bull team.

Alonso was asked by BBC’s pit lane reporter, Lee Mckenzie, about a possible move to the constructors’ champions. The double world champion says he was “very happy” at Ferrari but laughed after his comment.

Another twist in the story of the season so far.

So, with all the suggestions of Alonso, Raikkonen and Ricciardo in the shortlist for the job. Who should be the man behind the wheel?

As predicted, journalists and fans are going for either Alonso and Raikkonen getting the job due to how successful both drivers have been in Formula 1. But why can’t Ricciardo be the favourite for the driving seat?

There are a few good reasons that show why the driver from Australia should be working with Vettel, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey.

One of the main reasons would be Ricciardo’s lack of experience. Yes, his experience compared to Raikkonen and Alonso’s can be seen as a big fat zero. But the Australian has finished in the top 10 on three occasions

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this season which is very impressive when driving for Toro Rosso.

If Red Bull secure a deal with either Alonso or Raikkonen the team will have two world champions representing them. It may sound fantastic when you hear that currently the best team in Formula 1 have two world champions, but does it actually mean the team will be dominant?

Well, when you remember the McLaren team that had Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button (who are of course world champions) both battled it out from 2010 to the end of the 2012 season. Did either of them win a world championship during that time?

They certainly did not. Having two world champions working for the same team can cause big problems. Especially if you remember Vettel and Mark Webber’s incident back at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2010.

Raikkonen and Alonso would not want to be treated as the team’s number two driver when they are both Lotus’ and Ferrari’s main concern. Especially when both drivers are second and third in the championship standings at this moment in time.

Ricciardo is a guy who would accept being the number two driver. The 24 year-old would learn from Vettel’s experiences and could hopefully take over the German at some point in the future. He’s the long-term, smart bet for Red Bull.


Jamie Formula 1 article by Jamie Davies

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