Ricciardo dreaming of first victory

Tuesday 29-October-2013 09:32

Daniel Ricciardo says his main target for the 2014 season is to "get up to speed" with Sebastian Vettel, but he would also "love" to get his maiden win under his belt.

The Australian will swap his Toro Rosso seat for a Red Bull drive at the end of this year and he knows it will be no easy task as he will have four-time World Champion Vettel as his team-mate.

When questioned by the official Formula 1 website about his targets for 2014, he said: "To get up to Seb's speed as soon as possible. I hope to get there!

"I would love to have some podiums and a victory. If I could get that first victory next year, that would be great."

Asked if he is "worried to death about his future" as he is only on a one-year contact and up against Vettel, he replied: "Ha, that sounds like I am embarking on a horror movie! The honest truth is that I want to see how good I am.

"I am good enough to be here, but my real target is to be the best and to have Seb as my team-mate is a big assessment for me. If he drowns me, that's life, but if he does I want to go down knowing that I have done my best. But that is not the plan - to be drowned."

Ricciardo is confident he will be able to challenge the top guys in a few years if he puts in the hard yards.

"I believe that I've got this far for a reason - so there is no reason why it should stop here," he said. "With each year I get more hungry and determined. I see Seb and I know that he is a phenomenal driver - but he is also only human.

"If I really put the hard work in I should be able to challenge the top guys. I have other interests as well that keep me quite grounded and I think that also plays a huge part. I also have a life outside F1. That healthy balance is good for success."

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