Ricciardo out to beat Vergne 'convincingly'

Tuesday 12-March-2013 12:41

The 2013 Formula One season is about to get underway and Daniel Ricciardo has set himself plenty of targets for not only the first race but also the rest of the campaign.

This year will be the Australian's second full season on the grid with Toro Rosso and he will once again partner up with Jean-Eric Vergne.

The duo were neck and neck last year with Vergne finishing 17th in the Drivers' standings after scoring 16 points in his debut season and Ricciardo ending up a place behind his team-mate with 10 points.

It's a new season, though, and Ricciardo knows he can't afford to mess around this year as Mark Webber's race seat at Red Bull could be up for grabs next year.

"I think the best thing I can do this year is obviously try to beat the Frenchman [Vergne] convincingly and if it sets me up for a seat at Red Bull or elsewhere, I think that's just what I have to try to target," he told is quoted as saying by WAToday.

"[The aim] is to then put myself in a position to try to fight for a World Championship in the near future."

Besides driving for Toro Rosso last year, Ricciardo also drove 11 races for HRT during the 2011 campaign and he is determined to make the most of the experience he picked up over the past two seasons.

"I'm definitely pumped up," he said. "I feel more confident coming in to another season and ready for the challenges ahead and ready to take them on. So I wouldn't say I'm nervous, just more excited and hungry to go.

"I'm coming in with more experience, which is something you really can't buy, but definitely more confidence. Even if testing didn't go as well as we expected, everything's still open and we could be really quick this weekend. I genuinely think no one really knows."

He added: "I think [scoring] points is definitely on the cards. Top eight would be a really good start to the year. And then as the season progresses, just consistently get points.

"Obviously, I want to win - I'd love to win - but whether that's going to be possible, we'll soon find out. Last year it wasn't, but maybe things will swing our way this year."

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