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Ricciardo: Not impossible to win

Thursday 14-February-2013 10:09

Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to rule out claiming a win this season, saying Sebastian Vettel proved back in 2008 that anything is possible.

Ricciardo, who is entering his second season as a Toro Rosso driver, has big goals for this campaign as he is chasing regular top-ten results, a feat he managed just six times in 20 last year.

Added to that the Aussie wouldn't mind a podium or two, something Vettel achieved in 2008 when he won the Italian GP in the rain for Toro Rosso.

"I think our goal should be to become the best team after the 'big fight', so we'd be racing with - and beating - Williams, Force India and Sauber," he told crash.net.

"For me, [the aim] is to be in the points regularly and, if possible, get some podiums.

"It's not easy of course but, maybe with rain - thinking about what Vettel managed - then it's not impossible to win with Toro Rosso. Vettel's victory is a motivation for us, to show us what is possible."

Should the 23-year-old emulate Vettel's success, that would likely put him in the driving seat to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull in 2014.

"What I have to do is have a good year and then let's see," Ricciardo added. "I know what I have to focus on right now.

"Last year, our car was not competitive enough, but we'll see what we can do this time."

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