Ricciardo using Márquez as inspiration
4 November 2013 – Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo says star MotoGP rookie Marc Márquez is serving as a "role model" ahead of his promotion to the senior Red Bull outfit next season, with the Australian determined to take the fight to future team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Márquez, who has made a seamless transition from Moto2 to the premier class, sits atop the standings ahead of this weekend's Valencia finale, and Ricciardo is hopeful that he too can make a significant impression after serving his F1 apprenticeship.
"Marc Márquez is the best role model right now," Ricciardo said during an interview with American broadcaster NBC. "I'm just switching teams and still staying in Formula 1, he switched category. He's really shut a lot of people up. So things are possible.
"I'm not going to put all of the weight on my shoulders right now and say, 'I'm going to do this', but I have faith and belief. I'm going to give it a red hot crack, that's for sure."
Even though Ricciardo remains fully understanding of the challenge that lies ahead, the 24-year-old added that it is his ultimate ambition to build the team around him.
"It's nothing personal, but you need to build the team around you," Ricciardo went on to explain. "Having the opportunity at a top team, I definitely need to get what I want.
"That's the sport, you want to make sure you're getting at least equal equipment and you always try to find an edge. I'm obviously coming in with a lot of respect for the guys around me, including Seb, but I'm coming in with a vision and a goal and a motive."
Ricciardo, the 2009 British F3 Champion, makes the step up to Red Bull after two seasons with Toro Rosso, and half a campaign with the now defunct HRT squad.