Ricciardo: I enjoyed my years at Toro Rosso but I’m pleased to be moving on to Red Bull
26 November, 2013
Daniel Ricciardo finished tenth, and scored a single point, in his final race as a Toro Rosso driver. He admits to mixed emotions – leaving the team which gave him his break in F1, but moving on to bigger and perhaps better things with the World Champion Red Bull team.
Speaking shortly before departing Sao Paulo, Ricciardo said, ” I have mixed emotions because I’ve enjoyed my two years [at Toro Rosso] – but equally I’m pleased to be moving on to Red Bull Racing.”
“Mostly I’m happy that it’s ended well, finishing in the points. It means I can move on to the next chapter with cheers ringing in my ears.”
“Toro Rosso was set up as a stepping-stone to Red Bull Racing, which makes the experience a little odd, because you’re always aware that if you do well with the team, there’s a chance of exchanging Faenza for Milton Keynes.”
“Of course that happens elsewhere, but elsewhere it’s not quite so explicit and openly acknowledged,” pointed out the Australian who will be teammate to Sebastian Vettel from 2014 onwards.
Ricciardo has hardly any time to rest or take stock of his season or enjoy some well earned rest.
He explained; “They’re giving me an introductory ‘welcome to the team’ day. Of course I know most of the people there very well, having spent a lot of time at the factory and in the simulator over the last four years. After that I’ve got a day in the simulator followed by three more the following week.”
“For drivers and fans this is the end of the 2013 season but for the teams, 2013 is ancient history already; in the race to be ready for 2014 every minute counts. Roll on Albert Park!” concluded Ricciardo with a his trademark big smile.” (GP247)
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