Red Bull preferred 'young blood' approach
2 September 2013 – Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey says it was in the best interests of the team to sign a young second driver for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, rather than attempting to secure the services of an experienced name such as Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen.
After a two-season spell with the junior Toro Rosso squad, Daniel Ricciardo has ultimately been given the opportunity to join Sebastian Vettel in 2014, with Newey and team boss Christian Horner electing to nurture and develop a growing skillset.
"We could have taken an experienced driver, somebody guaranteed to deliver to a relatively known level, or equally we could take on a much younger driver in the hope that they’ll develop to a very high level," Newey commented. "We looked at the latter option 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 programme. 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."
Ricciardo's arrival will bring to an end the five-year partnership experienced by Vettel and sportscar-bound Mark Webber, who first raced alongside each other in 2009.