Red Bull expecting Ricciardo to push Vettel by mid-season

By on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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New Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will be expected to be putting the pressure on team-mate Sebastian Vettel by the middle of the season.

Red Bull announced on Monday evening that Ricciardo will race for the team in 2014, alongside reigning world champion Vettel.

Red Bull confirms Ricciardo

On the Sport und Talk programme, on which Ricciardo was announced, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko revealed that the team has high expectations of their new signing.

"We had to go for a driver who is capable of securing the necessary points for more constructors' championships," Marko said on Servus TV.

"He has to put pressure on Sebastian by mid-season in 2014 at the latest, he has to be a real team player and he has to deliver all the big tasks that the new rules for 2014 create."

Marko also insists that Red Bull can continue to push on both with the RB9 and next season's RB10.

"We will continue to develop our 2013 car until the end of the championship at full strength, but as usual we will put the same effort into working on the 2014 machine."

"We were in this situation before and we mastered it. I am sure we will succeed this season as well. And I am convinced we can defend our dominant position through next season."

Ricciardo's promotion means that current team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne will stay with Toro Rosso.

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"I am sure Jean-Eric will have the chance to show his potential with STR in 2014," Marko added.

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