Oct.14 (GMM) According to Daniel Ricciardo’s team boss this year, the 21-year-old Australian is ready to move into formula one.
Currently the reserve driver for Red Bull’s two F1 teams, Ricciardo was replaced by David Coulthard for the Suzuka race last weekend as he contended for the Renault World Series title in Spain.
He ultimately lost out to Mikhail Aleshin, a 23-year-old Russian whose prize will be a Renault F1 test in Abu Dhabi next month.
But Ricciardo is also destined for formula one, his Tech 1 team boss Simon Abadi insists.
“We’re all convinced that not only will he get into F1, but above all he’ll win there. It couldn’t be otherwise,” he said.
Red Bull-sponsored Ricciardo is now leaving the Tech 1 team, and is tipped for a seat in the GP2 championship for 2011.
“I should be taking part in the F1 rookies tests in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “We’ll see in the coming weeks what Red Bull has in store for me.”
In Abu Dhabi, Red Bull’s sister F1 team Toro Rosso will be running Ricciardo’s Tech 1 teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.