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Q&A: Daniel Ricciardo

We did a day's testing at Brands earlier this year, although that was compromised quite a lot by bad weather, but it was my first time there and I was quickest in the dry. If I had to pick two tracks to end the season on, they'd be among my favourites.

You saw your fellow Red Bull Junior team-mate Jaime Alguersuari crowned British F3 champion last year and now he's racing in F1 for Toro Rosso. How does that make you feel?

Daniel Ricciardo:
It's exciting to see him go up there. At first it was a bit of a shock to see him going from what I'm doing this season to F1, but he's done a really good job in F1 so far. In a way it makes things seem very real, and a dream a possible reality. To be with Carlin, working with the same people he did last year and also in the Red Bull Junior Team is giving me an opportunity to follow his example; if I can win the British F3 championship this year it won't necessary lead straight to an F1 drive as it has for Jaime, but it will create more opportunities for me.

I think it's proved that Red Bull want to push us, and believe in its young drivers and can help us reach our dream goal. To see it visibly happen in front of you – see a young driver get a chance in F1 – I think it gives all the young Red Bull drivers more motivation.

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