Ricciardo: I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb

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Red Bull newcomer Daniel Ricciardo is not expecting to slot into predecessor Mark Webber’s awkward position within the team’s hierarchy, as he believes that his strong relationship with Helmut Marko will help him.

Australian Webber, who has left Formula 1 for Porsche’s new Le Mans foray, often hinted that his side of the garage was not treated as well as was teammate Sebastian Vettel’s.

Now, another Australian, 24-year-old Ricciardo, has stepped straight into Webber’s shoes.

“Obviously,” countryman and 1980 world champion Alan Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald this week, “if there is any sort of leaning in that team, it’s probably slightly Germanic.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 8 April 2011.

But as far as Ricciardo is concerned, Webber’s situation may simply have been created by his slightly awkward relationship with Red Bull power-broker Marko.

The blunt Marko famously groomed Vettel from boyhood, but Ricciardo has similarly worked his way through the very same Red Bull development programme.

“It definitely doesn’t hurt,” Ricciardo told Fairfax Media in Melbourne this week.

“Knowing Marko for a long time and him knowing me, knowing that I’ve had his full support since day one, it’s not going to make me question anything, put it that way.

“I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb,” he insisted.

“Where Mark, for whatever reasons, maybe did question the equality, it won’t be the case with me,” said Ricciardo. “I’ll come in with a positive approach.” (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    Thats all but admitting there was a bias with Webber and makes it more than fan speculation. Mind you Helmut has even burnt Horner on occasions. Im still perplexed what Marko actually does apart from cause trouble within his own team?

  • McLarenfan

    Marko has his stirring stick attached to his tongue every time he opens his mouth he stirs something somewhere he is like a walking rumor mill. Marko had Webber retired 3 years ago and he has already stated that if Red Bull don’t fix this car Seb may walk or retire.

  • =El Presidente=

    Don’t be perplexed.. he pays..

    =who gets his head shaved, should sit still=
    (‘he who is being helped, should comply’ is what it means. -dutch proverb-)

  • Spartacus

    LOL! Joke of The Year!

  • Robb

    Daniel knows the score. He isn’t naive. There’s simply nothing to be gained at this point by worrying about such things, and already preparing to play the “poor me” card. The only healthy approach is to imagine you’ll have the support of the team, then drive your a$$ off, and make it difficult for them to see you as a no. two. This may not happen, but surely this is the proper attitude at this stage.

  • Tamburello1994

    Webber had too much pride to play support even though Red Bull made it quite clear that was his role. To expect anything more was unrealistic and unfortunate to say the least.

    Ricciardo seems to know already who’s world he’s breathing in.