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Ricciardo 'better long term' for Red Bull

Helmut Marko says Daniel Ricciardo was a 'better long term' option for Red Bull when it came to choosing a replacement for Mark Webber
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists that Daniel Ricciardo was the best long-term option for the defending champions after being named as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate for the 2014 season.

Ricciardo earned the opportunity to move up to the senior team from Toro Rosso despite speculation that Kimi Raikkonen could be an option for the Milton Keynes-based team.

Raikkonen is now set to make a return to Ferrari for next year but Marko said that Red Bull had made the right call in promoting from within when replacing Mark Webber.

"We decided what was best for us in the long term, not just what was best immediately," he told O Estado de S.Paulo. "How old is Kimi? Daniel is 24. And the contract is for three years. So Daniel was the one who offered the best prospects for our team.

"Managing two drivers like Sebastian and Kimi would not have been easy. Each of them would have the obligation to be the best."

Marko added that the team had made it clear to Ricciardo what it expected of him when he makes the move up from Toro Rosso in 2014.

"We hope that after three or four races he is able to start challenging Sebastian,” he said. "I'm not saying that he has to beat Vettel; what I hope is that he brings the points we need to win the constructors' title.

"We need Daniel to be as fast as Mark. Sometimes Mark was on the same level as Sebastian, and sometimes even better. That's what we want from Ricciardo."



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07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
07.09.2013, Qualifying Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
06.09.2013- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 and the Redbull Logo
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Mechanics Red Bull work on the car of Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Mechanics Red Bull work on the car of Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10

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FreeJack

September 11, 2013 10:41 PM

"We need Daniel to be as fast as Mark. Sometimes Mark was on the same level as Sebastian, and sometimes even better. That's what we want from Ricciardo." Wait a minute...did Helmut Marko really just compliment Webber?

Googolplex

September 12, 2013 12:52 PM
Last Edited 372 days ago

If you look at these comments from Marko and what Raikkonnen recently said when he stated that RBR chose the option they thought was best for them, it sort of puts an end to the claims by some that Daniel was RBR's plan b.



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