Ricciardo secures 2014 Red Bull seat

Ricciardo secures 2014 Red Bull seat

2 September 2013 – Daniel Ricciardo has finally been named as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, with Red Bull team officials choosing the current Toro Rosso driver as the replacement for sportscar-bound Mark Webber.

The announcement, fronted by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko during the 'Sports und Talk' show aired on Austria's Servus TV, puts an end to one of the biggest discussion points of the summer, with Ricciardo beating Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen to the vacancy.

"I feel very, very good, obviously," the former British F3 Champion said of his move. "There's a lot of excitement running through me right now! It's something I've worked for and to hear the news I wanted is great. So it's the next step in my career now."

Ricciardo, 24, joined Formula 1 with the now defunct HRT halfway through the 2011 campaign, before earning a seat at Toro Rosso the following year. He has since raced alongside Jean-Éric Vergne, who was also an early Red Bull promotion candidate.

Red Bull's line-up change is its first in five years, with Vettel and Webber forming their partnership in 2009. The German is currently in position to secure a fourth successive Drivers' title, while the outfit is en route to the same record in the Constructors' battle.

Red Bull is only the second team, following Mercedes, with a fully confirmed driver line-up for the 2014 season, although McLaren has recently stated its intentions to field an unchanged duo. The remaining eight outfits are yet to define their plans.

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