Daniel Ricciardo’s seat at Red Bull is secure beyond the 2014 season, team boss Christian Horner has confirmed with billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz affirming his belief in the Australian.
Ricciardo graduated this year from the energy drink company’s second team Toro Rosso to replace retiring countryman Mark Webber.
Team figures have said that they have been “surprised” by how quickly the 24-year-old has settled in – and how consistently fast he has proven to be alongside world champion Sebastian Vettel.
“Although Sebastian has had a lot of bad luck this year,” said team owner Mateschitz last week, “Daniel has surprised everyone by showing no weaknesses from day one.
“We were criticised when we gave Daniel this opportunity,” Mateschitz added, referring to Red Bull’s deliberations last year over signing Kimi Raikkonen instead. “But our decision was right.”
As with all Red Bull-groomed athletes, Ricciardo has a long-term contract, but his place at the reigning world champion team also appears more than secure.
“I can’t speak highly enough of what Dan has done in the first five races and managing this pairing is a walk in the park compared to previous years,” team boss Christian Horner said.
“We’ve always believed in continuity and stability,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail, “and Dan is on a long-term contract with the team. I think it would be highly unlikely that he will be anywhere else next year.” (GMM)
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