Ricciardo to race for Red Bull in 2014
Infiniti Red Bull Racing (RBR) has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will drive for the Team in 2014 and replace Mark Webber, who announced his retirement recently. The new signing is part of a multi-year agreement between the Ricciardo and RBR. As Sebastian Vettel is already confirmed for next year, this concludes the Team’s 2014 driver line-up.
“I had some good results and Red Bull has decided that this is it, so it’s a good time. I know the team quite well already since being its reserve driver in 2010, which should make the transition easier,” Daniel Ricciardo said.
Christian Horner, Team Principal of RBR, for his part said, “It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014. 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.”
Meanwhile, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of RBR was quoted as saying, “Christian and I have been looking carefully at the driver market, along with Helmut Marko and Dietrich Mateschitz. We looked at taking on a much younger driver in the hope that they’ll develop to a very high level 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 program. 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.”