Hulkenberg backs Ricciardo for Red Bull race seat 15 August, 2013 Daniel Ricciardo With career defining alternatives looming large, Daniel Ricciardo has received a vote of confidence from a highly rated young rival as he pushes to secure the soon to be vacated Red Bull seat. As Mark Webber prepares to switch to Le Mans, world champions Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are reportedly the big-name candidates for the 2014 vacancy alongside Sebastian Vettel. But also right in the running is Daniel Ricciardo, the in-house candidate who, like Vettel before him, would win his place after serving time at Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso. Nico Hulkenberg, the Sauber driver who might be first in line to replace Raikkonen should the famous Finn leave Lotus, actually thinks that the rising Ricciardo should get the nod. “I would pick him,” the German is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “Daniel is a fast guy, and finally a young driver would get the chance to prove himself.” Meanwhile, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost insists that Ricciardo’s candidature for the plum Red Bull seat should not reflect badly on Jean-Eric Vergne. “Jean-Eric is a driver who is very good and has a lot of skill,” he told Brazil’s Totalrace. “The only reason Daniel is being tipped for the job and not him is just the question of experience – he has done 13 races more than Vergne, which is practically a season,” Tost insisted. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.