Tost: We are preparing Ricciardo in the best way possible for Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo will be under intense pressure at Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo will be under intense pressure at Red Bull

The stakes are higher than ever as Daniel Ricciardo prepares to step up from life in the mid-field with Toro Rosso to front of the pack and head line grabbing life at Red Bull Racing in 2014.

That is the warning of Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso’s boss Franz Tost, as the world championship-leading squad chooses between Australian Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen or perhaps even Fernando Alonso for the 2014 vacancy.

If Ricciardo, 23, gets the nod, he will be the first Toro Rosso driver to step up to the main Milton Keynes-based team since Vettel in 2008.

But Tost insists the pressure on Ricciardo will be higher than it was for the then 21-year-old Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel and Fraz Tost shared historic moments during their years together at Toro Rosso

Sebastian Vettel and Fraz Tost shared historic moments during their years together at Toro Rosso

“It (2008) was a completely different time,” the Austrian, who has argued Ricciardo should stay at Toro Rosso for one more season, is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

“At that time, Vettel went to a team that was still under construction. Yet today, if he goes to Red Bull, Daniel goes straight to the champion team.

“The level is very high. We are preparing him in the best way possible but, ultimately, it is up to the driver to deal with it and prove he is capable.”

Another difference between 2008 and 2013 is that, while the fresh-faced rookie Vettel arrived at Red Bull to be Webber’s teammate, Ricciardo will be facing off against potentially a reigning quadruple world champion.

“You need to have discipline to fight Sebastian Vettel, who is a world champion, and we cannot forget that. The level is very high.” (GMM)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    I’m still going with Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull.

    # darkhorse :)

  • KC

    The Red Bull team Vettel joined in 2008 not only were not champions, they had never won a single race in their history. In other words, it was one of the worst teams on the grid.

    In some ways that makes DR’s job harder, and in other ways it makes it easier.

  • Butterfly

    The German publication Bild says Red Bull have indeed signed Ricciardo and said no to Alonso and Raikkonen.

    I find that hard to believe, given how important the WCC is in terms of revenue.

    KC:

    I get your point of view, but you can hardly call a team with Adrian Newey onboard and lots of money “bad”. But you’re right, they had no poles/wins/titles.

    “Young Team” would be more appropriate. :-)