Ricciardo 'could become Champion'

Friday 13-June-2014 06:47

In the wake of his first F1 race win, Gerhard Berger is backing Daniel Ricciardo to win a Drivers' Championship title.

Last Sunday in Canada, Ricciardo took the chequered flag ahead of Nico Rosberg to record his inaugural F1 race win.

It was yet another impressive showing from the former Toro Rosso driver as he continued to prove that he belongs at the front of the field.

With three podium results, including his race win, the Australian driver is third in the Championship, 'best of the rest' behind the runaway Mercedes drivers.

"He hasn't made any mistakes this season," Berger said of the 24-year-old. "This is a new star.

"If the car were to fit right, he could become World Champion."

Berger, who knows Ricciardo's team-mate Sebastian Vettel very well from their days at Toro Rosso, has been impressed by the way the Aussie has dealt with his rise to the front of the field.

"We know how fast and good Vettel is," the Austrian added, "but Ricciardo is the benchmark at the moment - and that in a very likeable manner."

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