Ricciardo says Red Bull pleasantly surprised by his pace 19 April, 2014 Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo believes that his performances since joining Red Bull have shown that he deserves his seat with the world champions. The Australian had driven at backmarker HRT and Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, but this year he stepped up to the big league to replace his retired countryman Mark Webber. Some think Ricciardo currently has a better grip on the reigning world champions’ new RB10 even than quadruple title winner and teammate Sebastian Vettel. “The team have been a bit surprised,” the always-smiling Ricciardo grinned to the Telegraph. The 24-year-old has had a quite luckless 2014 season so far: disqualified in Melbourne and caught up in trouble in Malaysia, but he finished a solid fourth two weeks ago in Bahrain. Ricciardo even suggests that he has exceeded his own expectations. “I don’t know how to say it – I don’t want to sound arrogant – but I believe a lot in myself, and I believed if I had the right equipment and the right opportunity then I would be able to show what I’m capable of, and that’s been shown now,” he said. “I haven’t surprised myself but it’s been nice to confirm it to myself that I can do this. I believe that I can keep doing it,” Ricciardo added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.