SYDNEY, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has been confirmed as Mark Webber’s replacement alongside triple world champion Sebastian Vettel at leading team Red Bull in 2014, local media reported on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Torro Rosso racing team driver won the race for the coveted drive ahead of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
Webber, 37, has announced his retirement from Formula One to pursue a new career in sportscar racing.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner announced Ricciardo’s arrival on a multi-year deal next season in a statement.
“It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014,” He said.
“He’s a very talented youngster, he’s committed, he’s got a great attitude and in the end it was a very logical choice for us to choose Daniel.”
“He’s got all the attributes that are required to drive for our team: he’s got a great natural ability, he’s a good personality and a great guy to work with,” Horner added.
“Daniel knows what the team expects from him; he’ll learn quickly and it’s very much a medium-to-long term view that we’re taking in developing him.”
Ricciardo has been sponsored by Red Bull since 2008 and started competing in Formular One for Torro Rosso in 2012, claiming 21 points from 41 Grand Prix races.
“Next year I’ll be with a championship-winning team, arguably the best team, and will be expected to deliver. I’m ready for that,” Ricciardo said.