Ricciardo the Right Choice for Red Bull?

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Updated: September 5, 2013

After a long time of waiting for the confirmation of Mark Webber’s replacement for next season the wait is finally over! Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo will be teamed up with Sebastian Vettel at the start of the 2014 season.

 

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I think Daniel joining Red Bull Racing next season is an all round good move. This season he’s shown some flashes of talent in the Toro Rosso, though I think he isn’t any better or worse than Jean-Eric Vergne. Vergne has got more points this season so far but ever since Mark Webber officially announced his retirement Ricciardo appears to have stepped up his game and pulled his finger out a bit. By the end of the season he’ll probably be quite a few points clear of Jean-Eric.

In terms of next years performance I don’t think he’ll be able to keep pace with Vettel, not initially anyway. But as the year goes on I’m sure he’ll find his form and be able to compete at the top. Christian Horner says both drivers will have an equal opportunity but that is almost certainly only for the first race. When Vettel inevitably edges ahead we’ll soon see who becomes the number 1 driver and who becomes the number 2.

 

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Red Bull have made the right choice in my opinion. It was always between Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen for the seat and I think Ricciardo was the man for the drive.

When you compare Ricciardo and Raikkonen’s career in Formula 1 so far, Raikkonen comes out on top with his world championship victory in 2007 and also adding his 20 Grand Prix wins since joining the sport in 2001. But this is due to the fact that the ‘iceman’ has a lot more experience in the sport and knows what it takes to win races and championships at the age of 33. Ricciardo is only 24 and has experience of driving for Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso in the last 2 years. His following the footsteps of his future team mate Sebastian Vettel which could show big signs in the future.

It’s going to be a lot more nerve racking for the Australian than it was in his Toro Rosso days with the fact that he is to compete with a triple world champion and also be in the same level than Feranando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

I reckon the reason why Red Bull picked Ricciardo over Raikkonen is because they want a driver who could stay at the team for a long term. Raikkonen is getting older and he has driven for several teams now he would have most likely stayed at Red Bull for a couple of seasons.

I guess another reason would be Red Bull showing to everyone that their Toro Rosso team are not pointless and are using the opportunity of hiring talented drivers from the team, since Toro Rosso are seen as the ‘academy’ team for Red Bull.

Definitely picked the right man for the job.

 

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