Ricciardo to join Red Bull Racing
Huge news, F1 fans: Aussie young gun Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing next year.
Red Bull confirmed the 24-year-old from Perth will race alongside three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, stepping up from the energy drink brand’s junior F1 team, Toro Rosso, and into play with the big boys at the lead team.
The announcement ends months of speculation linking fast Finn Kimi Raikkonen to the seat.
Ricciardo was spotted by Red Bull’s talent scouts back in 2008 and ascended the racing ranks in Europe to Formula One last year, driving for Toro Rosso. By stepping up to Red Bull Racing he is following the exact footsteps of prodigy young champion Vettel.
His best result so far this year is seventh in China.
This is a huge deal for Australian F1 fans and Aussie sports fans in general. With news of Mark Webber’s grand prix retirement at the end of this year, to head-up Porsche’s return to Le Mans, we were faced with the prospect of having no Aussie racing at the front in Formula One. But with the talented and quick Ricciardo joining leading team Red Bull, that is about to change.
Look out, Sebastian Vettel.