Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ricciardo at Red Bull

His name is Daniel, and his last name is spelled R-I-C-C-I-A-R-D-O. Learn to spell it now and don't forget the two C's. Chances are you'll be blogging a lot about him next year, and even this year.

Almost every year in Formula 1 there's one very prized driving opportunity that comes up. And there are many drivers vying for that spot. The eventual winner of the prized seat is usually thoroughly analyzed and scrutinized against his other contenders.

Last year the coveted seat was Lewis Hamilton's seat at McLaren that was taken up by Sergio Perez. This year, the prized ride was the Red Bull seat alongside Sebastian Vettel.

We say, it's actually good news that Ricciardo ended up with it. Over the years there has been many drivers in Red Bull's driver development program who did not go farther than the company's sponsorship of their Formula Renault 3.5 or GP2 racing activities, and barely over a handful have made it to a full time F1 seat and only one SebastianVettel has been given the opportunity to really shine among the elites.

Daniel Ricciardo in effect becomes only the 2nd driver in Red Bull's driver development program to be confirmed at the Flagship Red Bull Racing team. This move actually validates the program as a bona fide step ladder. Now that he has been selected, look for his Toro Rosso teammate, Jean Eric Vergne, to do his best to outscore him in points the rest of the season as consolation for not being the one selected.