Webber backing Ricciardo to replace him

Monday 01-July-2013 09:03

Mark Webber believes that his compatriot Daniel Ricciardo would be the perfect man to replace him at Red Bull.

Webber announced last week that he would be leaving Formula One at the end of the season, sparking wild speculation as to who would take over his much-coveted spot at Red Bull.

As a member of Red Bull's sister team, Toro Rosso, Ricciardo is one of those who has been placed in the frame and the Australian's eighth place finish at Silverstone on Sunday only enhanced his reputation.

For his part, Webber feels that the youngster is perfectly qualified to take his spot for the 2014 season.

"We've already had a few little chats, but we can have some more in the future," he told the BBC.

"I think he's in the box seat ... he deserves it and he's done the yards over here in Europe early doors. He's been on the canvas a few times and got back up and that's part of the rules.

"Daniel knows it will be a different challenge in a team like that, the pressure changes. Who knows what is going to happen, but we wish him all the best."

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