Daniel Ricciardo says he is determined to make the most of his move to Red Bull Racing for the 2014 F1 season and insists he doesn't want to simply become a 'one hit wonder'.
The Australian will partner four-time champion Sebastian Vettel this season having been chosen as the replacement for countryman Mark Webber, with the 24-year-old seeking to showcase his talents at the front of the field following two years with Toro Rosso.
Ricciardo is set to sample Red Bull's new RB10 for the first time during testing this week at Jerez and speaking following the launch of the new car prior to the first day of running, he said he was excited about getting down to business.
“I'm approaching the new season with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement,” he told the assembled media, including Crash.net
, in Spain. “It's a huge opportunity for me to learn from a four-time champion and to try to improve myself. I'm looking for to it but need to take it step-by-step and take as each race as it comes. Of course I want to be competitive and at the front as soon as possible, but I need to learn as much as I can.
“I don't expect to be treated like god and I'm not a world champion, but I've been told that things will be equal. I know that I have to earn my place in the team and my aim is to show them that I am capable of securing some top results.
“I'm not setting any expectations in terms of where I'll finish during the season but if someone said to be 'You can be World Champion' then of course I'd be happy. However I would love to be able to get my first win this season and to go through the year continuing to learn and hopefully be able to match Sebastian at some point and set myself up towards the front of the grid. I don't want to be a one hit wonder.”
Ricciardo added that, as well as delivering the goods on track, his new role would also see him needing to raise his game on the technical side of things as he seeks to help Red Bull maintain its position at the front of the field.
“I'm fortunate enough to have spent time with the team before in the past, so I know the level of professionalism there is,” he said. “Nothing has surprised me there and it's all good.
“Speed is the first thing we will be looking for with the new car and with Red Bull, there are more people that I will have to pass information on to when I get on track. Adrian is someone who we all know is very intelligent and he'll be trying to get as much information out of me as he can! I'm going to have to be on my game technically and keep on top of things.”