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Ricciardo stakes his claim, awaits Red Bull decision

Daniel Ricciardo was able to use the recent Silverstone test to prove his credentials for the soon-be-be-vacant seat at Red Bull. Now he's waiting to hear what happens next...
Daniel Ricciardo's hopes of taking over from his compatriot Mark Webber as one of the two Red Bull Racing drivers in 2014 took a significant boost this week as team principal Christian Horner effectively confirmed that the decision was down to just two names - and that Ricciardo's is one.

The Toro Rosso driver has a successful time testing with the senior team at the recent Silverstone Young Drivers Test, and Ricciardo himself said that he was happy with how things had gone.

"I was pretty satisfied as I came down to the times pretty fast," he said. "And now when I think about it, if I had to do it again I would do it exactly the same.

"I would have loved to make some set-up changes on the car, work more with the engineers and push the boundaries a bit more," he added. "But we had to comply with the guidelines from Pirelli and the FIA."

Will it tip the balance in his favour with regards to the seat in the Red Bull #2 car? Ricciardo admitted that he has no better idea on what the decision will be - or when it will be made - than anyone else in the F1 paddock.

"What I hear is basically what I know from the media, that it will happen around the summer break," he said. "If I get the news when I'm laying around on some beach, that would be just perfect!" he added with a laugh.

Ricciardo has received backing from no lesser source that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who said that "Ricciardo did an excellent job at Silverstone.

"No decision has been taken yet," Mateschitz added. "It is still under discussion within the team but it will be announced after Budapest.

Previously Ricciardo believed that he was in a three-way fight for the seat along with Lotus' 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and with his own Toro Rosso team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, but overnight his odds of taking the seat seem to have improved by Horner ruling out Vergne from consideration.

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