Horner: Ricciardo victory justifies promotion

By on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that Daniel Ricciardo's victory in the Canadian Grand Prix shows that the decision to promote the Australian from Toro Rosso was correct.

Ricciardo made his debut with HRT in 2011 before moving to Toro Rosso for 2012 and 2013. Following Mark Webber's retirement, Red Bull opted to promote Ricciardo to Red Bull.

"It's fantastic testimony to the junior programme that we're discovering young talent on merit like Sebastian Vettel and like Daniel," he said.

"All credit to Red Bull and the job that Helmut [Marko]'s done in identifying these young drivers and giving them the chance."

"Daniel was a young guy who came over from Australia with very little prospect of furthering his career had it not been for Red Bull and Dietrich Mateschitz's support and backing through the junior formula, through the junior team, into Toro Rosso and onto Red Bull Racing."

"There were questions asked when we choose him as our driver alongside Sebastian and I think he's demonstrated beyond all doubt that he fully deserves that position."

"I didn't believe we could win this race but the way he's driven, the way he's made passing moves when he's needed to this year, he's driven faultlessly all season. He's grabbed his opportunity and I'm delighted for him that he's won his first grand prix."

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