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Ricciardo: Webber announcement changes nothing

Daniel Ricciardo says his approach hasn't changed despite Mark Webber's seat at Red Bull being up for grabs for 2014
Daniel Ricciardo insists that Mark Webber's decision to leave Red Bull Racing will change nothing ion his approach to the remainder of the F1 season.

The Toro Rosso man is seen as one of the three front-runners to replace his fellow Australian alongside team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne and Lotus man Kimi Raikkonen, with Webber himself having backed Ricciardo for the seat following the British Grand Prix.

The Silverstone race was one of Ricciardo's best this season as he ran inside the points throughout and took home an eighth place finish – having qualified sixth and started fifth after Paul di Resta's penalty.

Speaking in his Toro Rosso blog, Ricciardo admitted however that his approach to the remainder of the season hadn't changed because of Webber's announcement and that he was continuing to push as hard as possible to add more points to his championship tally.

In fact, the Australian said his only thought at the moment was what could be possible in this weekend's German Grand Prix, where Toro Rosso will seek to close the gap to McLaren in the championship standings.

“Obviously this was one of the best weekends of my F1 career – and I'm hearing quite a lot about how I've upped my game because Mark Webber's leaving Red Bull Racing,” Ricciardo wrote. “How do you respond to reporting like that? I think you just have to giggle and let it go.

“Excited that there's a seat up for grabs? Definitely. More motivated and trying harder than I have been before? Trust me, I've been trying as hard as I can since I got here – and the motivation's been at maximum for as long as I can remember.

“Actually, going to Germany this week, what's got me fired up is I think we were quicker than the Ferraris at Silverstone but they both finished in front of me and one of them was on the podium. That gives you… ambitions.

“Once you start thinking that there's a podium out there waiting for you, that pretty much rubs out any other thoughts about the future.”

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July 04, 2013 8:41 AM

Aussie bias? Australians have to work twice as hard to get into F1 than an European. He has to prove himself and will be given the seat or not on merit. Bias to Austtalians? What sport have you been watching?

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