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World Champ: teammate Seb Vettel

Before the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo was in 14th for the driver’s championship with seven races to go, one behind his French teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, although he’s managed four top 10 finishes (one more than Vergne). At Red Bull, Vettel is looking at his fourth title in a row having won five of the season’s 11 races and finishing out of the top three just three times (twice fourth and once retired). Webber was in fifth with three podium finishes but just one drive outside the top five. How much this gap in results has to do with Ricciardo’s equipment, we’ll soon find out.

Horner clearly thinks the Aussie has the chops to build on the work of Webber and Vettel, signing him to what’s been called a “multi-year agreement”. “He’s got all the attributes that are required to drive for our team,” Horners said. “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. He’ll learn quickly and it’s very much a medium- to long-term view that we’re taking in developing him. I think he’s going to be a big star.”The team supremo also insists Ricciardo will be given the “identical opportunity and equipment” to Vettel.

“From what I hear the team is very much interested in equality,” Ricciardo said. “I am definitely aware that if I do get the opportunity to race alongside [Vettel], it is not going to be easy. If I can’t, well, at least I can say I tried. But I believe I can.”

 

Daniel Ricciardo 

• Born Perth, July 1, 1989

• Started karting aged 9

• Won British Formula 3 Championship 2009

• Formula 1 debut: British Grand Prix 2011

• Formula 1 starts: 43

• Best: 7th, China GP, 2013

F1 2013: seven to go

Seven races remain in this year’s Formula 1 season – can the pack catch Vettel or will it be four in a row?

SINGAPORE, Sep 20-22, Marina Bay Street CircuitQualifying Sep 21, 2pm; GP, Sep 22, 1pm

KOREA, Oct 4-6, Korea International Circuit, Seoul Qualifying Oct 5, 6am; GP, Oct 6, 7am

JAPAN, Oct 11-13, Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka CityQualifying Oct 12, 6am; GP, Oct 13, 7am

INDIA, Oct 25-27, Buddh Int. Circuit, New DelhiQualifying Oct 26, 9.30am; GP, Oct 27, 9.30am

ABU DHABI Nov 1-3, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas IslandQualifying Nov 2, 1pm; GP, Nov 3, 1pm

US, Nov 15-17, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TexasQualifying Nov 16, 6pm; GP, Nov 17, 7pm

BRAZIL, Nov 22-24, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Sao PauloQualifying Nov 23, 4pm; GP, Nov 24, 4pm
Start times listed.

Live coverage earlier on Sky Sports F1 and BBC. 

 

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