Ricciardo: If the decision was up to me, I’m ready

Daniel Ricciardo in action for Red Bull at Silverstone

Daniel Ricciardo in action for Red Bull at Silverstone

At the end of a day billed by some as his audition for a Red Bull seat, Daniel Ricciardo topped the times at the Silverstone test, and having done double duty – with Toro Rosso in the morning and Red Bull in the afternoon – the ever smiling Australian declared that he was ready for promotion.

Ironically the Australian’s best time was actually at the wheel of his usual Toro Rosso, while in the championship-leading RB9 he was slightly slower.

The 23-year-old, competing against Kimi Raikkonen for the departing Mark Webber’s highly coveted 2014 race seat witht he world champions, also beached the Red Bull in the gravel after only seven laps of duty in the RB9 cockpit.

“The off was my mistake,” Ricciardo said afterwards.  ” I just lost the rear on the entry to the corner. I was probably pushing a little too hard. The gravel was a bit like quicksand, I thought I’d get out, but I couldn’t.”

Daniel Ricciardo is ready to take over Mark Webber's Red Bull cockpit

Daniel Ricciardo is ready to take over Mark Webber’s Red Bull cockpit

Asked if the pressure of the speculation had got to him, he insisted: “No, it’s fun, it’s exciting. I didn’t take this day as a duel with Kimi. But I enjoyed it.”

“I think this test is something for Red Bull to look at, but there’s still the rest of the season with Toro Rosso to do, so I’ll switch my focus back to that and won’t get too caught up in any rumours,” Ricciardo added.

“Whatever happens, happens. If I don’t get the chance, at least this was a nice little bonus. If the decision was up to me, I’m ready,” he is quoted by Autosprint.

Potential 2014 teammate Sebastian Vettel will be in the same car on Friday, and Ricciardo confirmed that he will be “watching the times” with interest.

“I hope he won’t make me look silly,” he laughed.

It is expected that, should Ricciardo be called up to replace Webber, Toro Rosso will fill his spot at the Faenza based team next year with 21-year-old Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa.

Da Costa also tested for Red Bull on Thursday, and said afterwards: “I got out of the car and said ‘I’m ready, I want that’.” (GMM)

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  • hahahaha

    Red Bull you dooshes you could have given JEV a day due to his Monaco and Canada results. It’s Obvious you’re choice is also PR-related, to sell cans in Australia. If that is the main objective why ar you in F1 in the first place. It wouldn’t be the first sport to be ruined by the can hustlers (+ it’s undrinkable piss and bad for health on long term). Look at the uncountable extreme sports they have infiltrated to make them a moneybussiness sport instead of respecting the alternative/underground roots. And you can all counter me by saying they did a lot of inovative things, but I have the strongest doubts about the realness or fakeness of the spacejump. They should stage the next “moonlanding” too 😀

  • hahahaha

    And honestly how many Ricciardo “news” can you put online in one day, is this a fansite or something?

  • hahahaha

    And people complaining about Romain smiling all the time. Jeebus look at his overeagerly smileyface. His teeth could blind someone

  • Lol.

    Oh great, another one.

    You guys should form a club or something.

  • iMark

    whats with this guy? he was a no-one and now i just hate his face lol