Red Bull: Pressure off Ricciardo

Tuesday 01-October-2013 15:37

Christian Horner believes having World Champion Sebastian Vettel as his team-mate will ease some of the pressure on Daniel Ricciardo next year.

Ricciardo will swap his Toro Rosso seat for a Red Bull one where he will pair up with three-time Champion Vettel.

With Vettel on course for a fourth consecutive title this year, most eyes are likely be on him during the early stages of next season, giving the Australian some time to adapt.

"In many respects, the pressure is off Daniel certainly for the initial races because he has got nothing to lose," the Red Bull team boss told Autosport.

"There is more expectation than he will have had before in a Toro Rosso, but there is way less than there is for a multiple World Champion.

"He will learn a huge amount from driving alongside and working with Sebastian.

"It is a tough role for him because to be judged against Sebastian isn't easy."

This season marks Ricciardo's second full year in Formula One and he has improved steadily over that time, giving Horner no reason to doubt that he will adapt quickly despite the change in regulations next year.

"I have no doubt that Daniel will continue to grow and continue to get stronger," said Horner.

"There is a big regulation change coming next year, in many ways it feels the right time to be introducing something as fundamental as a driver change.

"There are no guarantees with any drivers that you put in. The underlying fact is that he's quick, he's intelligent and will have two-and-a-half years of experience under his belt, so he's not going in as a rookie."

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