Webber: Ricciardo 'in box seat' for drive
1 July 2013 – Mark Webber reckons Daniel Ricciardo is "in the box seat" to replace him at Red Bull next season, the latter having starred throughout the British Grand Prix weekend.
Following last Thursday's announcement that Webber will be leaving the sport at the end of the season to join Porsche's LMP1 programme, Ricciardo went on to qualify sixth fastest at Silverstone, before taking his third points haul of the season in eighth.
"We've already had a few little chats, but we can have some more in the future," Webber said during a post-race interview with the BBC. "I think he's in the box seat; he deserves it and he's done the yards in Europe early doors. He's been on the canvas a few times and got back up and that's part of the rules.
"Daniel knows it will be a different challenge in a team like that, the pressure changes. Who knows what is going to happen, but we wish him all the best."
Ricciardo is keeping his feet on the ground amid the growing speculation, insisting that he still needs to prove his worth to Red Bull chiefs as the campaign develops.
"As Mark said, let's see what happens," explained Ricciardo, who also recorded points in China and Spain. "I'm not going to get my hopes up. I've still got to perform and produce what I've got to do and if it all works out then that will be exciting."
Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen and Ricciardo's team-mate, Jean-Éric Vergne, have also been named as candidates for the seat by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.