Daniel Ricciardo says he welcomes the arrival of Daniil Kvyat to Red Bull Racing in 2015, claiming his relative inexperience in F1 will is no way diminish his role in the team.

As the end of a hugely successful first season with Red Bull Racing and the prospect of being promoted to lead the team's challenge in 2015 looms, Ricciardo admits it is strange to be thinking of himself in those terms given his relatively brief term in the multiple title-winning team.

Indeed, twelve months on from discussions that speculated whether Ricciardo could match Sebastian Vettel, the Australian has proven a revelation in 2014 as the only non-Mercedes driver to have won a race, while he has comprehensively out-performed his four-time title-winning team-mate too.

Now, with Vettel exiting Red Bull at the end of the season, Ricciardo will be promoted to team leader, with Kvyat graduating from the sister Scuderia Toro Rosso outfit in his place. Asked whether he thinks Kvyat could emulate Ricciardo by out-pacing him next year, the three-time race winner insists he is relishing the arrival of the Russian driver.

"I am still young to the team but I guess I will be the old guy next year," he said. "I have known Daniil pretty well for a few years already, so I definitely won't take him lightly, I know he is very quick. Just because he is still fairly inexperienced in F1, I am sure he will bring a lot to the team and the table.

"I will keep working on myself and keep improving. I feel I am not at my peak yet, so I will try and get there personally and then see where Daniil fits in. I am sure we will have a good working relationship, we joke around, so I think kind of humour will remain in the team."



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